Langley, George Furner CBE DSO, (Brigadier, b.1891 - d.1971)


An extensive collection of papers relating to Langley's service in the first AIF, his appointment as Australian Red Cross Commissioner from 1944 to 1946, and his history of the Australian companies of the Imperial Camel Corps, 'Sand, Sweat and Camels' . The 1914-18 War material includes 150 letters to his family and to his fiance (later his wife), Edmee Plunkett, describing his experiences with the 21st Battalion on Gallipoli, long months of patrolling with the Camel Corps in the Western Desert, his excitement over his courtship and subsequent wedding plans, and his ambivalence about returning to teaching after the war. (See also PR91/168.) The collection also includes original operation orders and accounts of operations for the period February 1916 to October 1918. Records relating to the 1939-45 War include a diary kept during his appointment as CO 2 Infantry Brigade as well as an extensive collection of notes, diaries and personal letters describing his work for the Australian Red Cross Society in the United Kingdom and the Middle East, particularly in relation to the Greek civilian population and the repatriation of Australian prisoners of war in Europe. Material relating to the Camel Corps history includes notes, drafts of chapters and correspondence with former members of the Camel Corps and publishers. (See also Photographs Collection.)