Doe, Thomas Charles (Driver, b.1884 - d.1963)

Accession Number PR04066
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Letter
Maker Doe, Thomas Charles
Place made Australia
Date made 1916
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the First World War service of 13055 Driver Thomas Charles Doe. Collection consists of a one page letter, written by Driver Doe and thrown overboard in a bottle. Driver Doe enlisted in Melbourne and embarked aboard HMAT Persic on 20 December 1916. While sailing across the Great Australian Bight on Christmas Day, he threw the bottle overboard. The single paged letter expresses Christmas sentiments to his loved ones. The bottle was discovered on Western Rock Beach, Port Sinclair, south of Penong in South Australia, in 1968. The bottle was broken to extract the envelope inside. The envelope fell apart, but the letter was largely intact. The letter was returned to the family and later donated to the Memorial.

Driver Doe went on to serve in France. He survived the war and returned to Australia in 1919.

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