Stanley, Louis Albert

Accession Number PR05547
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Letters
Maker Stanley, Louis Albert
Place made Thailand
Date made 1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

One original two foolscap page letter dated 9 September 1945 and handwritten from Thailand by TX4839 Private (Pte) Stanley, Louis Albert (known as 'Jim'), 2/40 Infantry Battalion AIF, to his sister Mrs Hilda Turfrey, of Tasmania. It is believed he wrote the letter whilst in hospital shortly after his release as a prisoner of war of the Japanese. He writes with humour when he instructs Hilda to '... [throw] all the rice you have out. Because I can smell it a mile away. Rice has been the main diet', and he mentions the kindness of the native people '...we have to thank them for keeping us alive with there (sic) recipes of wild food'. Original accompanying envelope also included.