Gatliff, Charles Edwin (Captain)
|Collection type||Private Record|
|Title||Gatliff, Charles Edwin (Captain)|
|Measurement||3 wallets: 1 cm.|
|Maker||Gatliff, Charles Edwin|
|Description||Collection relating to service of Captain Charles Edwin Gatliff, 4 Light Horse Regiment [later 50 & 51 Field Artillery Battery, 13 Field Artillery Brigade], Egypt, France and Belgium. Collection includes letters written by Gatliff to his parents in Melbourne, between March 1916 and September 1918, describing active service with artillery batteries in France and Belgium.|
|Summary||This extensive collection of letters reveals Captain Charles Gatliff as a mature, intelligent man who was a keen observer of his situation, and of the people around him. His letters, well-written and informative, contain descriptions of his duties as forward observation officer for artillery batteries and officer-in-charge of a battery. He gives vivid descriptions of war damage in France and Belgium, the conditions he endured during the winter of 1916-17, being under enemy fire, and the effects of the war on civilian life. Gatliff displays a deep affection for his family and a fierce pride in the Australian troops, coupled with a realistic, unsentimental assessment of his situation.|
Biographical note: Captain Charles Edwin Gatliff, born 22 November 1882; served in Boer War in the Scots Mounted Railway Guards and the Canadian Scouts; joined AIF 16 July 1915, 5 Division Artillery (originally reinforcement to 4 Light Horse Regiment). Returned to Australia, September 1918.