Letters of Gerard Henderson Cowan, 1918-1919

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Accession Number AWM2019.22.251
Collection number 3DRL/3660
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 29
Object type Letter
Physical description 101 Image/s captured
Maker Cowan, Gerard Henderson
Place made France, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1918-1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

Letters relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Gerard Henderson Cowan, 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps.

In his letters to his family written between 1918 and 1919, Cowan describes his experiences of serving abroad. Some of these experiences include being transferred from the 11 Australian Infantry Battalion to the Australian Flying Corps, taking part in flying training and exams, receiving instruction in machine guns, practicing turns and landings, visiting English family members, doing his first solo flights, poor weather for flying, sightseeing in nearby villages, and going to serve in France again, this time as a pilot.

This file also contains letters written from various family members to Cowan during his time in England. Gerard Henderson Cowan died of illness on 22 February 1919.

This file contains:
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his mother, 8 February 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his father, [c. February 1918];
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his Aunt Bertha, [c. February 1918];
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his father, Oxford, England, 17 March 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his brother Frank, Oxford, England, 21 March 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his Aunt Bertha, Oxford, England, 31 March 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his father, Oxford, England, 7 April 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his father, Uxbridge, England, 30 April 1918;
Note from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his brother Frank, [c. May 1918];
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his family, 11 May 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his father, 21-28 May 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his father, Minchinhampton, England, 7 June 1918;
Letter from Helen Henage to Gerard Henderson Cowan, Cheltenham, England, 13 June 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his brother Frank, Minchinhampton, England, 14 June 1918;
Letter from Helen Henage to Gerard Henderson Cowan, Cheltenham, England, 16 June 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his father, Minchinhampton, England, 25 June 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his brother Frank, Minchinhampton, England, 12 July 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to Aunt Lucie, Minchinhampton, England, 14 July 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his father, Minchinhampton, England, 20 July 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his brother Frank, Minchinhampton, England, 4 August 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his brother Frank, Minchinhampton, England, 24 August 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his father, Minchinhampton, England, 27 August 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his brother Frank, Minchinhampton, England, 16 September 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his father, 17 October 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his brother, Minchinhampton, England, 28 October 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his father, Minchinhampton, England, 23 November 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his brother Frank, Minchinhampton, England, 29 November 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to Uncle Ernest, France, 18 December 1918;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his brother Frank, 8 January 1919;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his father, 18 January 1919;
Letter from Gerard Henderson Cowan to his brother Frank, 24 January 1919.