Letters from William McKenzie, 1917-1918

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Accession Number AWM2018.785.88
Collection number PR85/185
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 22
Object type Letter
Physical description 70 Image/s captured
Maker McKenzie, William
Place made France
Date made 1917-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

Letters relating to the First World War Service of Chaplain William McKenzie, 4th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. In his 1917-1918 letters, McKenzie describes his day-to-day activities as a chaplain, including leading meetings, concerts, and Bible classes, organizing sports, writing letters to families, creating a band, and establishing a canteen. He also relates what life is like in the trenches with the troops, including the vast amounts of mud, trench foot, frostbite, and mental illnesses. McKenzie became ill with trench fever, and writes abuut his recovery in Rouen hospital and later, La Havre. His latest correspondance relates to his return to Australia in late 1917 to early 1918. Many of McKenzie's letters were published in the Salvation Army magazine, the War Cry.

This file contains:
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 5 January 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 17 January 1917.
Incomplete letter from William McKenzie to [Commissioner James Hay], [c. January 1917].
Incomplete letter from William McKenzie to [Commissioner James Hay], [c. January 1917].
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 31 January 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 16 February 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 1 March 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 14 March 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 28 March 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, London, 17 April 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 19 June 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 23 June 1917, [missing page 3].
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 17 July 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 8 August 1917.
Telegram from Commissioner James Hay to William McKenzie, Melbourne, 7 September 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 15 September 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 20 September 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 8 October 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, France, 20 October 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, London, 16 December 1917.
Letter from William McKenzie to Commissioner James Hay, Clapton, 29 December 1917.
Letter from F.J. Miles to William McKenzie, London, 2 January 1918.