Letters from William George Blaskett to his family, 1915 - 1916

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Accession Number AWM2018.785.4
Collection number 1DRL/0130
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 29
Object type Letter
Physical description 152 Image/s captured
Maker Blaskett, William George
Place made At sea, Australia, Egypt
Date made 1915-1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.
Description

Letters relating to the First World War service of 3232 Sergeant William George Blaskett, 16th Infantry Battalion, 48th Infantry Battalion, November 1915 - May 1916.

In this collection of letters from Blaskett to his family, the author writes about his embarkation from Australia, arrival in Egypt and subsequent training at Zeitoun Camp over a period of six months. He describes attending a school of instruction for prospective non-commissioned officers and notes the marked contrast to general training routines and the challenges of camp life. During periods of leave he writes about sightseeing in Cairo, and offers his impressions of the city and its people including befriending members of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Closing letters primarily concern a training accident in which the author suffered a gunshot wound to his hand, a period of convalescence in hospital and his concerted efforts to rejoin his battalion before they embark for France.

This file contains:

Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Fremantle, 1 November 1915;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his father, at sea, 11 [November] 1915 [author incorrectly inserted 11 October as the date];
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, at sea, 14 November 1915;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Zeitoun Camp, Egypt, 28 November 1915;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Zeitoun Camp, Egypt, 12 December 1915;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, School of Instruction, Zeitoun, Egypt, 19 December 1915;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, School of Instruction, Zeitoun, Egypt, 25 December 1915;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, [Zeitoun Camp], Egypt, 2 January 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, [Zeitoun Camp], Egypt, 9 January 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his father, Zeitoun Camp, Egypt, 9 January 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Zeitoun Camp, Egypt, 16 January 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his father, Zeitoun Camp, Egypt, 16 January 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, [Zeitoun Camp], Egypt, 23 January 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Zeitoun Camp, Egypt, 25 January 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, [Zeitoun Camp], Egypt, 29 January 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Zeitoun Camp, Egypt, 5 February 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Zeitoun Camp, Egypt, 13 February 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his father, [Zeitoun Camp], Egypt, 24 February 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Zeitoun Camp, Egypt, 25 February 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Zeitoun Camp, Egypt, 4 March 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, [Egypt, 17 March 1916];
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Egypt, 8 April 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to Madge [brother, Charles Edward Blaskett], Egypt, 18 April 1916 [incomplete];
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Ismailia, Egypt, 19 May 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Egypt, 2 May 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Egypt, 8 May 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Ismailia, Egypt, 21 May 1916;
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Egypt, 28 May 1916; and
Letter from William George Blaskett to his mother, Egypt, 30 May 1916.