Saywell, Lawrence (Larry) Phillip (Private, b.1919 - d.1945)

Accession Number PR00815
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 6cm (three wallets)
Object type Letters, Newspaper cutting, Papers
Maker Saywell, Lawrence Phillip
Date made 1919-1957
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

This collection consists primarily of letters written by Private Lawrence (Larry) Saywell to his mother Mrs Gertrude Saywell (Gert), his brothers George and Preston and to his aunt in England between January 1940 and December 1944. Private Saywell, a member of the Australian Army Service Corps, served with the 6th Division in Palestine, Libya, Greece and Crete, where he was taken prisoner in May 1941, by advancing German forces. In January 1945 he escaped from German captivity and joined with Czech partisans near the village of Miretin 90 miles from Prague. Private Saywell was shot on May 8 1945 by retreating German troops after taking part in the ambush of a German transport convoy. The villagers of Miretin erected a memorial to Saywell on the spot where he was shot. The collection includes newspaper clippings relating to the erection of this memorial and the awarding of a posthumous Czech Military Cross of Honor to the Saywell family on Lawrence's behalf. A number of post-war letters to Mrs Saywell from Czech villagers who knew Lawrence and Lawrence's friends complete the collection.