Gray, William John (Private)

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Accession Number 1DRL/0318
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm.
Object type Letters
Maker Gray, William John
Access Open
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 1232 Private William John Gray, 5 Battalion AIF, Egypt, Gallipoli. Collection includes handwritten copy of a letter written by Private Gray to his mother on 27 May 1915, three days before his death in Heliopolis from tubercular meningitis.

History / Summary

This collection, consisting of copies of a single letter, gives a first-hand account of the landing at Gallipoli and the author's activities on the following day. The account is striking in its clarity and lack of sentimentality and, as it was written by a Private, gives an invaluable insight into the experiences and feelings of ordinary troops during and immediately after the Gallipoli landing.

Biographical note: Served in the 5th Battalion, AIF. Died 30 May 1915, Heliopolis, Cairo, of tubercular meningitis due to field operations.