Flett, Irving Russell (Lieutenant)

Accession Number 1DRL/0295
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 2 cm
Object type Letters
Maker Flett, Irving Russell
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1915-1916; 1928
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/590
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 relating to service of Lieutenant Irving Russell Flett, 23 Battalion, Egypt, Gallipoli and France, 1915-1916. Collection includes photostat copies of Flett's letters to his family in Brighton, Victoria, written between May 1915 and July 1916 describing the journey to Egypt, camp life, active service on Gallipoli, journey to France, and active service in France. Copies made by Australian War Memorial, Melbourne, 1928. Location of originals unknown.

History / Summary

This collection reflects the optimism, pride, and commitment of an Australian soldier engaged in the Gallipoli and Western Front war theatres. Letters are written in a positive tone using humour and much colloquial language.

Biographical note: Lieutenant Irving Russell Flett, 23 Battalion, AIF who on 28 July 1916 was killed in action at Pozieres. Other biographical details concerning him are: commercial traveller, of Brighton, Victoria; born at Albert Park, Victoria; educated at Brighton State School and at Stott and Hoare's business college; was a member of the Melbourne Rifle Club; served in Egypt, Gallipoli (leaving at the Evacuation) and France; age at time of death, 29.