Longstaff, Richard John

Accession Number PR05370
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1cm
Object type Letters
Maker Longstaff, Richard John
Place made Egypt
Date made 1915
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to 640 Private (Pte) Richard John 'Dick' Longstaff, 13th Battalion (Infantry).

Comprises a six page original handwritten letter dated February 1915, sent from Egypt by Pte Longstaff to his step-sister Edie. The letter provides quite detailed descriptions of the conditions in Egypt, particularly Cairo, as well as his trip to the pyramids, climbing the outside and crawling along a passage inside. He comments about Cairo that 'There are soldiers everywhere and it is marvellous how the city...[is] getting Australianised...shops have Australian names such as "Pitt St Cook Shop" the "Kangaroo Dining rooms" [and] the "Wooloomooloo Bar". Mention is made of his visit to see his brother Will who was also serving with the AIF, and his visit to a cousin of his step-sister, Ruby. Pte Longstaff was killed in action in Gallipoli on 4 May 1915. His brother 69 Pte William (Will) David Longstaff, was also killed in action during the attack on Lone Pine on 8 August 1915.