Newman, Edward Victor (Lance Corporal, b.1917-d.2005)

Accession Number AWM2016.722.2
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter
Maker Newman, Edward Victor
Place made New Guinea
Date made 1944
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the Second World War service of QX54926 Lance Corporal Edward Victor Newman, 11 Field Ambulance, Bougainville, New Guinea, 1944.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Consists of one twenty-page letter and envelope from Lance Corporal Newman to Miss Ruth Laurie, dated c December 1944. In his letter, Corporal Newman writes about being unable to share his stories due to censorship, receiving mail, and difficulty in deciphering doctor’s handwriting. He then writes about his creation of a shell necklace for her, sharing details about the gathering and processing of the shells and the stringing on portions of old signalling wire (this necklace is also held in the Memorial’s collection). Corporal Newman then goes on to write about some special photographs, making buttons out of shells, and bad luck in the Melbourne Cup sweeps.

History / Summary

Lance Corporal Edward Victor Newman enlisted to the Second Australian Imperial Force on 7 July 1943. He served with the 11 Field Ambulance in New Guinea, and was discharged on 27 March 1946.