Gorringe, Eric George (Able Seaman, b.1920 - d.1942)

Accession Number AWM2016.652.2
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter, Card
Maker Gorringe, Eric George
Place made At sea, Australia
Date made 1940-1942
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

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 the Second World War service of PM3027 Able Seaman Eric George Gorringe, HMAS Lonsdale, HMAS Cerberus and HMAS Kanimbla, RAN.

Wallet 1 of 1 - consists of 11 handwritten letters, 10 of which were written by Gorringe from October 1940 until his death in November 1942. Many of Gorringe's letters are addressed to the family of Arthur and Estelle Gregory, to whom Gorringe was very close. The letters cover topics such as exams, sport, torpedoes, weather, flying fish, mail, girls, life on board ship, beer, censorship (as evidenced by the removal of content from some of the letters), scenery, clothing, the Mess cat, and illness. The last letter is written by Eric's mother to the Gregory's informing them of his illness. This letter is dated October 1942 and Eric died the following month. Also included is a 1941-1942 HMAS Kanimbla Christmas card.

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