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ID number 1DRL/0295
Title Flett, Irving Russell (Lieutenant)
Record type Collection
Item count 43
Collection Private Record
Object type Letters
Maker Flett, Irving Russell
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1915-1916; 1928
Measurement 1 wallet: 2 cm
Note Open


Collection relating to service of Lieutenant Irving Russell Flett, 23 Battalion, Egypt, Gallipoli and France, 1915-1916. Collection includes photostat copies of Flett's letters to his family in Brighton, Victoria, written between May 1915 and July 1916 describing the journey to Egypt, camp life, active service on Gallipoli, journey to France, and active service in France. Copies made by Australian War Memorial, Melbourne, 1928. Location of originals unknown.


This collection reflects the optimism, pride, and commitment of an Australian soldier engaged in the Gallipoli and Western Front war theatres. Letters are written in a positive tone using humour and much colloquial language.

Biographical note: Lieutenant Irving Russell Flett, 23 Battalion, AIF who on 28 July 1916 was killed in action at Pozieres. Other biographical details concerning him are: commercial traveller, of Brighton, Victoria; born at Albert Park, Victoria; educated at Brighton State School and at Stott and Hoare's business college; was a member of the Melbourne Rifle Club; served in Egypt, Gallipoli (leaving at the Evacuation) and France; age at time of death, 29.


  • Flett, Irving Russell (Lieutenant)
  • Letters from Irving Russell Flett to his Family, 1915-1916 RCDIG0000187 - (1)

    Letters relating to service of Lieutenant Irving Russell Flett, 23rd Battalion. The original letters were written by Irving Flett to his family in Brighton, Victoria, between 8 May 1915 and 12 July 1916. These letters describe in detail the ...