Wallet 1 of 1 - Papers relating to the military service of Reginald Walter ‘Reg’ Saunders, 1943-1975

Accession Number AWM2021.22.18
Collection number PR06266
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Wallet
Item count 9
Object type Letters
Physical description 17 Image/s captured
Maker Saunders, Reginald Walter 'Reg'
Place made Australia, Korea, New Guinea
Date made 1943-c.1975
Conflict Korea, 1950-1953
Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

Collection relating to the Second World War and Korean War service of 337678 (VX12843) Captain Reginald Walter ‘Reg’ Saunders, 2/7 Australian Infantry Battalion and 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, New Guinea, Korea and Australia, 1943-c.1975.

This collection consists of one wallet and one oversize item of material relating to Captain Saunders.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Consists of five letters, one telegram, one poem, and one document relating to Captain Saunders, dated between 1943 and c.1975.
This wallet contains:
1x Letter from Captain Saunders to Miss Dorothy Mary Banfield [later Mrs Dorothy Saunders], New Guinea, 14 May 1943. In this letter, Captain Saunders writes about the service and death of his brother, Harry Saunders.
1x Letter from the Minister for the Army to Mrs Dorothy Saunders, Melbourne, Victoria, 16 May 1945. This telegram reports that Captain Saunders was wounded in action.
1x Letter from Captain Saunders to Mrs Dorothy Saunders, Korea, 17 January 1950. In this letter, Captain Saunders writes about financial matters, and his love for his wife and family.
1x Letter from Captain Saunders to Mrs Dorothy Saunders, Korea, 25 June 1951. In this letter, written on hand-painted wooden paper, Captain Saunders briefly writes about financial matters.
1x Australian Military Forces Health Certificate of Captain Saunders, Korea, 4 November 1951.
1x Letter from Captain Saunders to Mrs Dorothy Saunders, Korea, December 1951. In this letter, Captain Saunders writes about his love for his wife and children.
1x Poem from Captain Saunders to Mrs Dorothy Saunders, [date unknown].
1x Letter from Captain Saunders to his son, David Saunders, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, c 1975. In this letter, Captain Saunders congratulates David on his admission to the Army, and writes about the family’s long history of service.

Oversize Item – Consists of one letter from Captain Saunders to Mrs Dorothy Saunders, dated 24 April 1945. In his letter, written while Captain Saunders was serving with 2/7 Australian Infantry Battalion in New Guinea, he writes about missing his wife, and requests news of friends and family members.