Smith, Laurence Henry as Lieutenant in the Light Horse and Australian Flying Corps [Memoir]

Place Africa: Egypt, Frontier, Sinai, Romani Area, Romani
Accession Number S04307
Collection type Sound
Measurement 5 hr 11 min
Object type Memoir
Physical description audio cassette; HITACHI C90; mono
Maker Smith, Laurence Henry
Date made c 1980
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Description

Oral memoir recorded by Laurence Henry Smith relating to his family history and service as a Lieutenant in the Light Horse and later the Australian Flying Corps during the First World War and as a Captain in army recruitment during the Second World War. Interview includes the following recollections : Migration from Wales (UK) to Victoria - enlisted at Liverpool - travelling on board ship with the horses to Cairo - ambushing Germans on patrol near Romani - taking a dead German officer's boots - anecdotes from Beersheba - playing piano while shells fall - leaving Light Horse to enlist as an air pilot - being shot down by Germans and taken captive - befriending German officers and being allowed into town - suffering from dysentry - hospital ship to Alexandria - return to Australia.
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