|Collection type||Private Record|
|Measurement||1 wallet: 1 cm|
Maher, Thomas Francis
|Place made||United Kingdom: England|
First World War, 1914-1918
|Copying Provisions||Copying permitted subject to physical condition|
Maher, Thomas Francis (Private)
Collection relating to the service of 3856 Private Thomas Francis Maher, 31 Battalion, AIF, 1916. Collection consists of one letter written by Private Thomas Francis Maher in December 1916, to his brother Les [Leo?] and his friend Jack in Australia.
This letter describes the voyage from Brisbane to England via South Africa, mentions the severe outbreak of meningitis on board ship (HMAT Seang Choon); the poor discipline of Australian troops when ashore in South Africa and Senegal; details of Hurdcott Camp on Salisbury Plain, including the high mortality rate from pneumonia in the camp.