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ID number 1DRL/0412
Title Leane, Benjamin Bennett (Major, b.1890 - d.1917)
Record type Collection
Item count 3
Collection Private Record
Object type Papers
Maker Leane, Benjamin Bennett
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1927
Measurement 3 wallets: 11 cms
Note Open

Description

Collection relating to the service of Major Benjamin Bennett Leane, 48 Battalion, AIF, Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front, 1914-1917. Collection consists of one letter [typescript carbon copy] and photostat copies of personal diaries, bound into two volumes by AWM. Diaries are written in the form of letters to his wife, Phyllis, and contain detailed descriptions of his day-to-day experiences in the army, as well as personal messages to his wife. Location of original letters unknown.

Summary

Major Benjamin Bennett Leane made regular, detailed entries in his diaries, addressing each entry to his wife Phyliss. He apparently thought of his diary entries as not only a way of recording his military experience, but also as a substitute for conversations with his wife, whom he clearly adored and deeply missed. His writings are full of touching endearments and expressions of love, loneliness and homesickness. Also apparent throughout these diaries are Leane's pride in the 10th and 48th Battalions, his devotion to duty and his admiration for his older brother Brigadier General Raymond Lionel Leane. A feature of Major Leane's 1915 diary is his very detailed account of the ANZAC landing on Gallipoli. Photostat copies made by Australian War memorial. Location of originals unknown.

Biographical note: Major Benjamin Bennett Leane, 48 Battalion, AIF, killed near Bullecourt on 10 April 1917. Other biographical details concerning him are: warehouseman, of Prospect, SA, born Prospect; educated at Prospect public school; age at time of death, 27.

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  • Leane, Benjamin Bennett (Major, b.1890 - d.1917)
  • Letters relating to Benjamin Bennett Leane, 1914-1927 RCDIG0001005 - (1)

    Letters relating to the First World War service of Major Benjamin Bennett Leane, 48th Infantry Battalion. Included is the transcript of a letter in which Leane details a portion of his journey from Australia to Egypt on the troopship Ascanius. He ...

  • Photostat copy of diaries of Benjamin Bennett Leane, 1915 RCDIG0001006 - (2)

    Photostat copy of diaries relating to the First World War service of Major Benjamin Bennett Leane, 10th Infantry Battalion. This bound volume consists of three sequential diaries kept between 2 March 1915 and 25 December 1915 and written in the ...

  • Photostat copy of diaries of Benjamin Bennett Leane, 1915-1916 RCDIG0001007 - (3)

    Photostat copy of diaries relating to the First World War service of Major Benjamin Bennett Leane, 48th Infantry Battalion. This bound volume consists of three sequential diaries written in the form of letters to his wife and kept between 26 ...