Sloan, John James (Staff Sergeant-Major, b.1873 - d.1961)

Accession Number PR00035
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 1 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Letter
Maker Sloan, John James
Place made At sea, Egypt, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1915
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 92/0113
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Collection relating to the First World War service of 672 Staff Sergeant-Major John James Sloan, 4th Infantry Battalion, Gallipoli, at sea, Egypt, England, 1915.

Collection consists of 12 photocopied typed letters from Sloan home to his family during 1915. Sloan enlisted from Sydney in September 1914 and embarked the following month on HMAT Euripides for Egypt. Following training, he was part of the force that landed on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. His battalion took part in the defence of the beachhead. In June, suffering shell shock, he was transferred firstly to hospital in Egypt, then England. He was discharged from hospital in September 1915 and invalided to Australia.

The letters describe the landing and first few days, German artillery, Turkish attacks, armistice of May 24, sinking of the Triumph, snipers, fatigue duties, mail, promotion, his evacuation with illness to Lemnos and England. He comments on social rank, potential for revolution in Australia, Labor Party, despatches of Bean and Ashmead Bartlett, war profiteering, and having lunch with British Prime Minister Asquith and his wife.