Adkins, Roland Edgar (Lance Corporal, b.1888 - d.1917)

Accession Number 1DRL/0011
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Notebook, Letter, Document, Postcard, Serial
Maker Adkins, Roland Edgar
Place made At sea, Australia, Belgium, France
Date made 1915-1917
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/46
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection of letters relating to the First World War service of 4128 Lance Corporal Roland Edgar Adkins, 7th Battalion. Collection consists of 18 letters (some with envelopes) written by L/Cpl Adkins to his family during August 1915 and December 1916. The letters cover his enlistment; time spent in camps in Australia; the voyage to Egypt; and service in France and Belgium. Adkins was born at Korrumburra in Victoria and often refers to the 'Burra boys' in his letters home. Also included is a notebook (with original pencil) titled Pozieres containing diary entries from 19 August 1916 to 25 February 1917; some French to English translations; a poem; and various names and addresses. Supplementary material includes: a letter to a family member; two postcards; a telegram confirming Adkins was killed in action on 4 March 1917; a receipt for a parcel sent to his next of kin; two empty / unmatched envelopes; and three news clippings.

History / Summary

Biographical note: 4128 Lance Corporal Roland Edgar Adkins, 7 Battalion, AIF. Killed in action near Gueudecourt, 4 March 1917. Age 28. Son of Talbot and Elizabeth Jane Adkins of 'Greyacres', Korumburra, Victoria.