Mackenzie, Arthur Arundel, MC (Captain, b.1891- d.)
|Title||Mackenzie, Arthur Arundel, MC (Captain, b.1891- d.)|
|Maker||Mackenzie, Arthur Arundel (Maker)|
|Measurement||1 wallet: 1 cm.|
Collection relating to the service of Captain Arthur Arundel Mackenzie MC, Imperial Camel Corps and (later) 14 Light Horse Regiment, AIF, Egypt, Syria, 1918-1919. Collection consists of seven letters written by Captain Mackenzie between June 1917 and January 1919, to his sister Helen Arundel Mackenzie, recording his convalescence in Egypt, active service with the Camel Corps in Palestine, award of MC, and being stationed in the Jordan Valley at the end of the war.
A feature of this collection is a letter written from Beyrouth [Beirut] Syria, 11 January 1919. In this letter, Mackenzie gives an account of the conditions under which the ordinary citizens of Palestine and Syria were living during the war. He mentions the rise in food prices, the increasing unavailability of even the most basic supplies, ("Over one-third of the population has died in Syria, from lack of food during the War"), and the destruction of food by the retreating enemy, at towns such as Damascus, Tripoli and Beyrouth [Beirut].