Letters from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his family, 1941

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Accession Number AWM2020.22.16
Collection number PR00014
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Letter
Physical description 171 Image/s captured
Maker Blackburn, Arthur Seaforth
Place made British Mandate of Palestine, French Mandate for Syria and Lebanon
Date made 1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

Letters relating to the Second World War service of SX6962 Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Seaforth Blackburn, 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion, At sea, French Mandate for Syria and Lebanon, British Mandate of Palestine, 21 April - 19 December 1941.

These letters from Blackburn to his family cover a period spanning the 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion's embarkation from Sydney in April 1941, journey to the Middle East, the Syria-Lebanon campaign, and service through to December 1941. During the Syria-Lebanon campaign, Blackburn accepted the surrender of Damascus from the Vichy French. The 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion remained in the Middle East as a garrison force until early 1942. Blackburn's letters to his family include detailed impressions of the culture, terrain, and sights and customs he encountered in Ceylon, Syria and Lebanon.

This file contains:

Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Margaret 'Margie' Blackburn from 'abroad', 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Rosemary 'Wody' Blackburn from 'abroad', 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Margaret 'Margie' Blackburn from 'abroad', 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his family while at sea, 21-25 April 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his family from Colombo, 27 April 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his family from Colombo, 28 April 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his family from 'abroad', 25 May 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his family from 'abroad', 30 May 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his son Robert 'Bob' Blackburn from 'abroad', 6 and 13 June 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Rosemary 'Wody' Blackburn and his children Rosemary 'Wody' Blackburn, Margaret 'Margie' Blackburn and Robert 'Bob' Blackburn from 'abroad', 14 and 20 June 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Margaret 'Margie' Blackburn from 'abroad', 23 June 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his son Robert 'Bob' Blackburn from 'abroad', 28 June 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Rosemary 'Wody' Blackburn from 'abroad', 3 July 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Margaret 'Margie' Blackburn from 'abroad', 6 July 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Rosemary 'Wody' Blackburn from 'abroad', 21 July 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Margaret 'Margie' Blackburn from 'abroad', 31 July 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Rosemary 'Wody' Blackburn from 'abroad', 4 August 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Margaret 'Margie' Blackburn from 'abroad', 10 August 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his son Robert 'Bob' Blackburn from 'abroad', 15 August 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Rosemary 'Wody' Blackburn from 'abroad', 16 August 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Margaret 'Margie' Blackburn from 'abroad', 25 August 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his son Robert 'Bob' Blackburn from 'abroad', 10 September 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his son Robert 'Bob' Blackburn from 'abroad', 17 September 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Margaret 'Margie' Blackburn from 'abroad', 21 September 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his son Robert 'Bob' Blackburn from 'abroad', 29 September 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his son Robert 'Bob' Blackburn from 'abroad', 22 October 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Rosemary 'Wody' Blackburn from 'abroad', 27 October 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Rosemary 'Wody' Blackburn from 'abroad', 17 November 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Rosemary 'Wody' Blackburn from 'abroad', 15 December 1941;
Letter from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his daughter Margaret 'Margie' Blackburn from 'abroad', 19 December 1941; and
Air mail letter card from Arthur Seaforth Blackburn to his children Robert 'Bob' Blackburn and Rosemary 'Wody' Blackburn from 'abroad', 19 December 1941.