Correspondence relating to William Dunstan, 1943-1944

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Accession Number AWM2019.22.155
Collection number AWM2018.94.1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 69
Object type Letter
Physical description 166 Image/s captured
Maker Dunstan, William
Dunstan, William 'Bill'
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Italy
Date made 1943-1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

File of letter relating to the Second World War service of VX14436 William 'Bill' Dunstan, 363 Battery, 91 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, Middle East Force. This file has letters written from Bill Dunstan to his Father William Dunstan (a VC winner from the First World War) and mother as well copies of letters from William Dunstan (as dictated to his secretary) to Bill. These letters written between 23 December 1943 and 29 December 1944 mentions: the training after his request to leave the 2nd AIF and join the British Army; the sights he sees in the Naples area while waiting to be transferred to a regiment; the news of the war as heard in Australia; fighting at Anzio Beach-Head; censorship rules in Australia; 1944 referendum in Australia; Bill's promotion to captain and movement between batteries in the regiment and discussions between father and son on what Bill will do after the war.

This file contains:
Letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Dad, Cairo, 23 December 1943;
Airgraph letter from Bill to Dad, 14 January 1944;
Airgraph letter from Bill to Mum, Cairo, 16 January 1944;
Airgraph letter from Bill to Mum, Cairo, 17 January 1944;
Airgraph letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Mum, Cairo, 2 February 1944;
Airgraph letter from Bill to Mum, Cairo, 9 February 1944;
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, The Herald Office, Melbourne, 27 February 1944;
Letter from Dad [William Dunstan] to Bill, The Herald office, Melbourne, 13 March 1944;
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Toorak, 3 April 1944;
Transcribed letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Mum, 7 April 1944 [includes copy];
Airgraph letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Dad, 8 April 1944 [includes transcription];
Transcribed letter from Bill to Family, Central Mediterranean forces, 11 April 1944 [includes copy];
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Toorak, Melbourne, 13 April 1944;
Airgraph letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Dad, 18 April 1944 [includes trancription];
Transcribed letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Mum, 20 April 1944;
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Melbourne, 26 April 1944;
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Toorak, 2 May 1944;
Transcribed letter from Bill to Mum, 7 May 1944;
Letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Dad, 11 May 1944 [includes transcription];
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Melbourne, 12 May 1944;
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Stanley Smith, 12 May 1944;
Airgraph letter from Bill to Dad, 12 May 1944 [includes transcription];
Airgraph letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Mum, 12 May 1944;
Letter from W. [Bill] Dunstan to Colonel Chapman, 15 May [1944];
Airgraph letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Dad, 16 May 1944;
Letter from A.J. Chard to Bill [William Dunstan], London, 19 May 1944;
Airgraph letter from Bill to Mum, 19 May 1944 [includes transcriptions];
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Melbourne, 23 May 1944;
Airgraph letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Dad, 26 May [1944];
Airgraph letter from Bill to Dad, 1 June 1944;
Airgraph letter from Bill to Mum, 1 June 1944;
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Melbourne, 1 June 1944;
Airgraph letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Dad, 6 June 1944 [includes trancription];
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Melbourne, 6 June 1944;
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Melbourne, 13 June 1944;
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Melbourne, 20 June 1944;
Airgraph letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Dad, 25 June 1944 [includes transcription];
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Melbourne, 6 July 1944;
Airgraph Letter from Bill to Dad, 19 July 1944;
Letter from [William] Dunstan to Bill, Melbourne, 20 July 1944;
Airgraph letter from Bill to Dad, 23 July 1944 [includes transcription];
Letter from Norman [James Frederick Norman McKinnell] to Bill [William Dunstan], 29 July 1944;
Letter from [William] Dunstan to Bill, Toorak, Melbourne, 1 August 1944;
Airgraph letter from Bill to Mum, 4 August 1944;
Letter from [William] Dunstan to Bill, Toorak, Melbourne, 7 August 1944;
Letter from [William] Dunstan to Bill, Melbourne, 16 August 1944;
Airgraph letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Mum, 20 August 1944;
Airgraph letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Dad, 22 August 1944;
Airgraph letter from A.J. Chard to Bill [William Dunstan], London, 28 August 1944;
Letter from Dad to Bill, Melbourne, 6 September 1944;
Letter from Bill Dunstan to Trevor Smith, 11 September 1944;
Letter from [William] Dunstan to Bill, Toorak, Melbourne, 21 September 1944;
Letter from [William] Dunstan to Bill. Toorak, Melbourne, 27 September 1944;
Letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Dad, 5 October 1944;
Letter from Bill to Mum, 6 October 1944;
Letter from Son [William Dunstan] to Dad, 17 October 1944;
Letter from [William] Dunstan to Bill, Toorak, 23 October 1944;
Letter from Bill to Mum, 28 October [1944];
Airgraph letter from Bill to Dad, 28 October 1944;
Letter from Bill to Dad, 5 November 1944;
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Melbourne, 9 November 1944;
Letter from Bill to Dad, 12 November 1944 [Includes German propaganda leaflet, c. 21 April 1944];
Letter from Bill to Mum, 12 November [1944];
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Melbourne 29 November 1944;
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Melbourne, 6 December 1944 [includes one incomplete copy];
Letter from Son [Bill Dunstan] to Dad, 9 December 1944;
Letter from Dad to Bill, Melbourne, 20 December 1944;
Letter from [William Dunstan] to Bill, Melbourne, 29 December 1944.