Ramsay, Edward (b.1854 - d.1889); Ramsay, James William (b.1878 - d.1928); Ramsay, Percy Leonard (b.1888 - d.1918)

Accession Number AWM2017.144.6
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Document, Letter
Maker Ramsay, Edward
Ramsay, James William
Place made Australia, Australia: Queensland, Australia: Queensland, Brisbane, Australia: Victoria, South Africa
Date made 1876-1920
Access Open
Conflict South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
First World War, 1914-1918

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 Edward Ramsay and his sons 333 Sergeant James William Ramsay and 5396 Private Percy Leonard Ramsay; Australia, South Africa and France; 1876-1920.

Collection consists of 12 documents including letters from Edward Ramsay, condolence letters, official paperwork relating to the death of Percy Ramsay and letters written by James Ramsay from South Africa. The collection also includes an unrelated business card and a small map of northern France between 1914-15.

Edward Ramsay, the father of James, Percy and Ernest (who is featured in collection AWM2017.144.1), writes letters in 1876 and 1878, asking for the company of an unknown man on a trip arranged by Colonial Architect's Office and congratulating an acquaintance on the birth of his child. The third letter relating to Edward was written in 1889 and is a condolence letter sent after his death.

333 Sergeant James Ramsay served with the 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen during the Boer War. His letters, written in 1901, detail his time in hospital, travelling the Kimberley district and subsequent capture of Boer troops and supplies, instructions on his pay, the burial of Australian troops and the sending home of a cancelled cheque for his younger brother Percy. James also talks to his mother about his expectations for the timing of the end of the war.

5396 Private Percy Leonard Ramsay served with the 25th Battalion AIF during the First World War. He was killed in action near Morlancourt in May 1918 and this collection includes a Red Cross account of his death, a receipt for the return of his ID tags to his mother Alice, a letter regarding his grave and a form outlining payments made to Alice in 1919 for Percy's outstanding pay.

History / Summary

20 x letters and documents relating to three brothers 954 Private Ernest Edward Ramsay, 5396 Private Percy Leonard Ramsay and 333 Sergeant James William Ramsay.