Letter from Thomas Charles Doe to his family, 1916

Accession Number AWM2017.7.385
Collection number PR04066
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 1
Object type Letter
Physical description 1 Image/s captured
Maker Doe, Thomas Charles
Place made At sea: Nearest landform, At sea (Australia)
Date made 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Letter relating to the First World War service of 13055 Driver (Dvr) Thomas Charles Doe.

This collection consists of a one page letter that was written by Dvr. Doe and thrown overboard in a bottle. Dvr. Doe enlisted in Melbourne and embarked aboard HMAT Persic on 20 December 1916. While sailing across the Great Australian Bight on Christmas Day, he threw the bottle overboard. The single paged letter expresses Christmas sentiments to his loved ones. The bottle was discovered on Western Rock Beach, Port Sinclair, south of Penong in South Australia in 1968. The bottle was broken to extract the envelope inside. The envelope fell apart, but the letter was largely intact. The letter was returned to the family and later donated to the Memorial.

Driver Doe went on to serve in France. He survived the war and returned to Australia in 1919.

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