Letters and newspaper clipping relating to the death of Douglas Barrett-Lennard, 1915

Accession Number RCDIG0001238
Collection number 1DRL/0093
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Letters, Newspaper cutting
Physical description 15 Image/s captured
Maker Unknown
Various
Place made Australia: Western Australia, Perth, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1915; 1928
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

Letters and newspaper clipping relating to the First World War service of 1879 Driver Douglas Barrett-Lennard, 3rd Australian Field Artillery Brigade. These handwritten transcriptions of the original letters were made by the Barrett-Lennard family and donated in 1928. After Barrett-Lennard was killed in action on 17 July 1915, several people wrote to his family expressing their condolences. Among them are: letters from several commanding officers, including Major Alfred Joseph Bessell-Browne and Colonel Joseph John Talbot Hobbs; letters from fellow soldiers including his friend Tom Cusack who was also in the 8th Battery. These letters detail the manner of Barrett-Lennard’s death and laud his bravery and courage as well as his popularity with his fellow soldiers and commanding officers. Also in this file is a newspaper article published in ‘The West Australian’ which detail what many of the letters have detailed and a letter from Colonel Hobbs to Barrett-Lennard’s old school asking that his name be memorialised in the school’s chapel.
This file contains:
Letter from [Gunner Thomas Donald] Cusack to the father of Douglas Barrett-Lennard, 18 July 1915;
Copy of letter from [Lieutenant Percy Malcolm Edwards] to "G. C. 8th Battery", 18 July 1915;
Letter from Major [Alfred Joseph] Bessell-Browne to the father of Douglas Barrett-Lennard, 20 July 1915;
Letter from Colonel [Joseph John Talbot] Hobbs to the father of Douglas Barrett-Lennard, 22 July 1915;
Letter from Colonel [Joseph John Talbot] Hobbs to Mr. [Trenn], 22 July 1915;
Letter from Chaplain [Albert Edward] Talbot to the father of Douglas Barrett-Lennard, Gallipoli, 22 July 1915;
"Portion of second letter from Tom", 24 July 1915;
Newspaper clipping titled "How The Men In This Battery Die", The West Australian, Saturday 28 August 1915;
"Extract from a fellow Battery pals letter dated September 16th 1915".