Letters from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife, 1915

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Accession Number AWM2018.785.6
Collection number PR00932
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 19
Object type Letter
Physical description 127 Image/s captured
Maker Mills, Cecil Beaumont
Place made At sea, Egypt: North Egypt, Zeitoun
Date made 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

File of letters relating to the First World War service of Second Lieutenant Cecil Beaumont Mills, 23 Infantry Battalion. These letters were written by Mills to his wife between 27 October and 31 December 1915. In his letters, Mills discusses the following: his departure from Melbourne; life on board the HMAT Ulysses; his activities in Egypt while stationed at the camp in Zeitoun; training at Zeitoun; and the rumours of the front line that he hears from other soldiers, including the evacuation of Gallipoli and the sights he sees in and around Cairo.

Also included is a letter from Mills to his wife to be sent 3 months after his death in which he mentions how much he loves his wife and that if he dies in war to raise their son well and move on if she wishes.

This file contains:
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, 'Broady' [Broadmeadows], 27 October 1915 [Includes envelope];
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, At sea, 30 October 1915 -19 November 1915 [Includes envelope and menu];
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, At sea, 30 December 1915 [includes envelope which states "Not to be handed over until 3 months after my death is reported"];
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, At sea, 4 -13 November 1915 [Includes envelope];
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, At sea, 16 - 19 November 1915;
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, HMAT 38A, 23 -27 November 1915 [Includes envelope];
Envelope addressed to Mrs C.B. Mills, postmarked 30 November 1915;
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, Zeitoun, 2 December 1915 [Includes envelope];
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, Zeitoun, 5 December 1915 [Includes envelope];
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, Zeitoun, 8 December 1915 [Includes envelope];
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, Zeitoun, 11 December 1915 [Includes envelope];
Postcard from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, On active service abroad, 12 December 1915;
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, Zeitoun Training School, 14 December 1915 [Includes envelope];
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, Training School Zeitoun, 18 December 1915 [Includes envelope. Mentions posting for photograph P00620.003];
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, Training School Zeitoun, 21 December 1915 [Includes envelope];
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, Zeitoun School, 26 December 1915 [Includes envelope];
Postcard from Cecil Beaumont Mills, On active service abroad, 26 December 1915;
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, Zeitoun Training School, 29 December 1915 [Includes envelope];
Letter from Cecil Beaumont Mills to his wife Effie, Zeitoun School, 31 December 1915 [Includes envelope].