Atkins, Albert (Private, b.1891 - d.1969) and Ernest (Private, b.1889 - d.1946)

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Accession Number PR00613
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 145 Items
Object type Papers
Maker Atkins, Albert
Atkins, Ernest
Date made 1913-1926
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 95/0667
Conflict Period 1920-1929
First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition
Description

Papers of Gunner Bert Atkins of 3rd Training Battalion, 10th Reinforcements, 12th Bn; 45th Battery, 12th Brigade; and No 1 Battery, RBAA; and Private Ern Atkins of 5th Battalion. Letters and postcards mostly from Bert to Mother and family, and Bert's diary, describe sight seeing and duties in Egypt, France, Belgium, England and Scotland. Mentions swimming in Suez Canal, 1st experience of bombardments in Armentieres, gas alarms, Fleurbaix, Ypres, the Somme, `Strafing Fritz', visiting brother, conscription referendum, and the armistice. Includes postcards and diaries of Ernest from 1926 describing return pilgrimage to Europe. Mentions touring England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy. Describes visits to cemeteries and memorials, visiting locations of Australian fighting (including battlefields of the Somme), and links to past with 5th Battalion.