Phillip "Pop" Rubie as a Private, 17th Battalion, AIF, 1915-1918, interviewed by Kim Dixon

Accession Number S05432
Collection type Sound
Object type Oral history
Physical description 1/4 inch sound tape reel
Maker Rubie, Phillip John Hessell
Dixon, Kim
Hogan, Donn
Date made c1980s
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
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Description

Private Rubie discusses: why he volunteered for the AIF; reasons others may have enlisted; trip to Cairo; Australian troops brawling in Cairo; being part of a picket of troops sent to clear troops out of brothels in Cairo; deploying to Gallipoli several weeks after the landing; what they'd heard about the Gallipoli; trip to Gallipoli via Alexandria to Lemnos Island then onto barges for landing; feelings on landing; Turkish gun "Beachy Bill"; Quinn's Post; water rationing; Bully Beef; flies; dysentery; hard tack biscuits and weevils; officers; Churchill; evacuated from Gallipoli before the final evacuation with enteric fever and dysentery; opinion of Gallipoli campaign, transport to France; Battle of the Somme; artillery and the noise of the battlefield; structure of an attack; use of chlorine gas to rot barbed wire; description of gas masks; phosgene gas; going "over the top"; trenches; food on the Western Front; being wounded; treatment at casualty clearing station; hospital in Calais; evacuation to England; return to the trenches; Pozieres; attitude of Australians to Germans; night patrols near Armentieres; "Minenwerfer" mine-throwers at Ypres; contents of German toilets being fired at Australians; billeted with French civilians [end of recording]

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