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ID number 1DRL/0266
Title Ellsworth, Norman Griffiths (Battery Sergeant Major, d:1917)
Record type Collection
Item count 122
Collection Private Record
Object type Letters
Maker Ellsworth, Norman Griffiths (Maker)
Places made
  • Belgium
  • Belgium: Western Front (Belgium)
  • Egypt
  • France
  • France: Western Front (France)
  • Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1914-1917
Measurement 3 wallets: 3 cm
Note Open

Description

Collection relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102 Howitzer Battery (2 Field Artillery Brigade), Egypt, Gallipoli, France and Belgium, 1914-1917. Collection consists of letters written home to family in South Yarra, Victoria.

Summary

This is a comprehensive collection, Ellsworth having written regularly, weekly or fortnightly, during his three years service. Ellsworth is frank in expressing his frustrations with service life and signs his letters to his family affectionately. He also shares his opinions on the initial reactions of the men in Egypt to Bean's first despatches. His letters usually contain comments and reports on relations and friends, both in England and Australia. Although Ellsworth comments a number of times that he will not marry, his letters also contain references to women he has met. There are also repeated comments on the attentions that Australian servicemen were receiving from English girls, and the number of marriages that resulted. The letters contain information on artillery training and discipline as well as the necessary arrangements for men to return to a fighting battery once they had left it due to injury or training requirements. The descriptions of actions at both Gallipoli and on the Western Front include details relating to artillery transport and supply.


Biographical note: 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102 Howitzer Battery, died 31 July 1917 of wounds received at Zillebeke. Royal Mint Official of South Yarra, VIC; born Creswick, VIC; educated at Church of England Grammar School, Melbourne; was for 11 years a member of 9 Battery AFA Militia; joined the AIF 19 August 1914; was a member of the crew which took the first gun ashore at ANZAC, 25 April 1915; age at time of death 31 years.

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  • Ellsworth, Norman Griffiths (Battery Sergeant Major, d:1917)
  • Letters from Norman Griffiths Ellsworth to his Mother, 1914-1915

    Letters relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The letters were written by Norman Ellsworth to his mother between 29 April 1914 to 27 ...

  • Letters from Norman Griffiths Ellsworth to his Mother, 1916

    Letters relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The letters were written by Norman Ellsworth to his mother between 12 January and 26 ...

  • Letters from Norman Griffiths Ellsworth to his Family, 1917

    Letters relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The letters were written by Norman Ellsworth to his family between 12 January to 23 ...

  • Newspaper article relating to Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 1915

    Typed copy of a newspaper article relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The original newspaper article appeared in the Age on 25 ...

  • Letter from Fred Biddle to Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 1916

    Letter relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The letter was written by Major Fred Leslie Biddle DSO to Norman Ellsworth on the 12 ...

  • Letter from A.J. Peatling to Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 1916

    Letter relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The letter was written by Dr. A.J. Peatling to Norman Ellsworth on 6 April 1916 thanking...

  • Letter from May Tilton to Mrs Ellsworth, 1917

    Letter relating to the First World War service of 843 Battery Sergeant Major Norman Griffiths Ellsworth, 102nd Howitzer Battery, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. The letter was written by May Tilton, Norman Ellsworth's cousin, to her Aunt, Mrs ...