ID number1DRL/0241
Collection typePrivate Record
TitleDevlin, Errol Cappie Nepean (Private)
Measurement1 wallet: 1cm.
Object typePapers
MakerDevlin, Errol Cappie Nepean
Place made
  • France
  • New Guinea
  • Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made1914-1916
DescriptionCollection relating to the First World War service of 1166 Private Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, 18 Battalion, Gallipoli, 1915. Collection consists of letters and postcards written by Devlin, home to his family in Sydney; a letter written to Devlin by a boy of seven, Jim Brown; a handwritten transcript (in Pidgin) of a proclamation on the annexation of German possessions in the Pacific, November, 1914; a New Testament; and a souvenir Union Flag.
SummaryThis collection is noteworthy for its early (1926) offer by the donor, in advance of the circularising by the next of kin; the variety of material in the collection (Rabaul postcards; prayer card; Pidgin proclamation; urgently annotated New Testament); the breadth of service of the soldier (even though his time in France before his death was not long), and the quirkiness of other items. The letter from the seven-year old boy is a rare example of a letter written from an Australian child to an unknown soldier. The passing reference to a Turkish female sniper requires further research. Devlin also occasionally comments on the mood of the men. Devlin's letter of 27 November 1914, mentions the eagerness of those who went to Rabaul to be away. Later Devlin comments frankly from the Dardanelles (2 September 1915) "They are lucky that get away from here wounded...A lot of the chaps have gone away broken down mentally and physically. I have stood the strain so far but I think a shell would do me no harm."

Biographical note: Private, 1st Bn, AN&MEF and: 18th Bn, AIF d: 1916. First went to German New Guinea with the 1Battalion, AN&MEF and after his discharge from that force in 1915, enlisted in the AIF being posted to 18 Battalion. Killed 30 May 1916 in the Fleurbaix-Armentieres Sector.
PDF 311.64 KB Proclamation on the annexation of German possessions in the Pacific, November 1914.
PDF 8.86 MB Letters and postcards of Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, 1914-1916
PDF 271.96 KB Letter from Jim Brown to Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, [c. 1915]
PDF 436.57 KB Union Flag of Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, n.d.
PDF 1.89 MB New Testament of Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, 1915.