Hartshorn, David Alan (Staff Sergeant, b.1957)

Accession Number PR00495
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 2.5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Document, Letter, Serial
Maker Australian Army
Hartshorn, David Alan
Place made Australia, Egypt: Frontier, Sinai
Date made 1994-2010
Access restricted
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 94/0685
Conflict Period 1990-1999
Egypt [Sinai] (MFO), 1982-1986, 1993 -
Copying Provisions Copyright restrictions apply. Only personal, non-commercial, research and study use permitted. Permission of copyright holder required for any commercial use and/or reproduction.

Collection relating to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) service of 179829 Sergeant (later Staff Sergeant) David Alan Hartshorn, Sinai, 1994-1995.

Wallet 1 of 1 - Consists of three folders of letters, documents and news articles concerning Hartshorn's deployment with the MFO from 1994 to 1995.

Folder 1 of 3 - Includes ten letters Hartshorn wrote to family and friends from the Sinai between July and November 1994. He describes his duties in the Force Duty Centre monitoring the peace accord between Egypt and Israel, Yasser Arafat's visit to the Gaza Strip, travel restrictions, his perceptions of Egypt and its people, interactions with Fijians and other personnel, leave in Cairo and Europe, and trips to the pyramids, the Nile, Tel Aviv, El Alamein and Jerusalem. He also writes of a traffic accident involving Australian personnel in Cairo, local customs and conditions, interactions with Major General David Ferguson, criticism of Bob Breen's book "Through Aussie Eyes", and terrorist incidents.

Folder 2 of 3 - Consists of an article Hartshorn wrote of a visit to El Alamein, a copy of a letter of commendation from the Director, Force Duty Centre praising Hartshorn's work while deployed, copies of news clippings and a web article about Yasser Arafat's visit to the Gaza Strip, and an article from The Chronicle about Hartshorn's wish for formal representation of returned peacekeepers in Anzac Day parades.

Folder 3 of 3 - Includes news clippings, documents and correspondence regarding a complaint by Hartshorn concerning a hit-and-run accident involving Australian personnel in MFO. The folder includes correspondence from 1997 between the Australian Army (Personnel Division), the Commonwealth Ombudsman, the Office of the Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel (Bronwyn Bishop), and Hartshorn. The wallet also includes a transcript of Hartshorn's testimony before the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee in 2004 regarding the traffic incident and Australia's military justice system, as well as a print off from the Australian Army website on Operation Mazurka [the Australian contribution to the MFO], which makes mention of the hit-and-run accident.