Horniman, Robert Geoffrey, MC (Captain)

Accession Number 1DRL/0358
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 2 folders: 3 cm.
Object type Letters
Maker Horniman, Robert Geoffrey
Place made At sea, Egypt, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, United Kingdom: England, Western Front
Date made 1915-1919
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/467
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 Captain Robert Geoffrey Horniman, MC, 4 Battalion AIF, Egypt, Gallipoli, France, England, Belgium, 1915-1919. Collection includes original letters written by Captain Horniman to various members of his family.

History / Summary

This collection consists of letters written by Captain Robert Geoffrey Horniman to various members of his family in Australia, and to his brother Lieutenant Lancelot Vicary Horniman who was serving with the 55th Battalion AIF. The letters clearly show Captain Horniman's great affection for his family, and his special attachment to his older sister Jessie and his brother Lance. His unwavering sense of duty, and his utter conviction of the justness of the what he termed "the great cause" is apparent throughout his correspondence. His letters display a touching respect and sympathy for the civilian victims of the war, particularly the French people and mothers who had lost sons, and a great admiration for British people in general. He writes passionately about his experiences in the winter of 1916-1917 on the Somme, which he describes as "one huge slaughter yard...the real Hell."