King, Charles Leonard (Corporal, b.1894 - d.1978)

Accession Number PR03605
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 2 wallets: 3 cm.
Object type Diary, Documents, Photograph
Maker King, Charles Leonard
Place made Australia, Egypt, Ottoman Empire: Palestine, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1914-1946
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the First World war service of 530 Corporal (Cpl) Charles Leonard King, 9 and 11 Light Horse Regiments (9 LHR, 11 LHR). Cpl King, a 20 year old clerk from Prospect SA, enlisted in Adelaide on 25 November 1914. He was accepted for "C" Squadron of 11 LHR, finishing his training with the Regiment in Queensland before sailing for Egypt on HMAT Medic. The Regiment was disbanded at Gallipoli and the squadrons dispersed: "C" Squadron being allocated as reinforcements to 9 LHR for the duration of the Gallipoli campaign. Cpl King went on to serve with 11 LHR in Egypt and Palestine.

Collection consists of King's bound, typescript diary (Memoirs of a Light Horseman 1914-1919) of his service from early 1915 until August 1919 when he returned home to Adelaide. Bound in with the memoir are: his Certificate of Discharge; a Leave Pass for Mansoura, 19 April 1919; a letter from Murray (Hammond ?), dated 1942, recalling an incident when a signaller in 1917; undated letter from WX21083 Tpr Lucas; Nominal Roll "C" Squadron 11 LHR, 23 April 1915; Special Order by General Grant 23 January 1919; duplicated copy of poem "Semakh". Also included are his two Soldiers' Paybooks, plus other printed material: "General Sir Wm R Birdwood's Message to the 'Anzacs' Christmas, 1915"; "11th Light Horse Regiment 'Regimental Standing Orders' by Lieut.-Colonel William Grant"; 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment Nominal Roll; and Souvenir menu for "C" Squadron Annual Re-union dinner, 1946".

Collection also includes 104 photographs, mostly uncaptioned, relating to service from 1916-1919. These include portraits of Murray Hammond, Vic Allan, C. L. King and Gadulla his boot cleaner in Cairo (A few of the photographs have been individually catalogued as P04064.)