Makin, George Leslie (Lieutenant, b.1894 - d.1918)

Accession Number 1DRL/0473
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 2 wallets: 4 cms.
Object type Papers
Maker Makin, George Leslie
Place made Belgium, Egypt, France, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London, United Kingdom: Scotland, Edinburgh
Date made 1914-1919
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/1555
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copyright restrictions apply. Only personal, non-commercial, research and study use permitted. Permission of copyright holder required for any commercial use and/or reproduction.

Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant George Leslie Makin, 5 th Battalion AIF. Collection consists chiefly of 141 letters written by Lieutenant George Leslie Makin to members of his family including his older brother Harry, and several letters of condolence written to Makin's mother by his friends in the AIF.

History / Summary

This extensive collection of personal letters contains numerous references to Makin's friends from the Albert Park-Middle Park area in Melbourne, who served in the AIF. The letters to his mother contain many endearments and expressions of pride and respect for her, and sympathy for the anxiety she must have endured, having two sons away from home on active service.

Biographical note: Lieutenant George Leslie Makin, 5 Battalion AIF. Clerk, of Middle Park, born North Melbourne 4 April 1894; educated at St. Alban's State School, Victoria; served in the Citizen Forces at Albert Park, Victoria, (51 Regiment); joined the AIF on 18 August 1914 as a private and was posted to the 5th Battalion, served in Egypt, Gallipoli, and France; appointed 2nd Lieutenant in August 1915; invalided to England with enteric fever, rejoined the unit in 1916 before the Battle of Pozieres, died at Rouen on 8 September 1918 of wounds received at St. Martin's Wood, Bray-sur-Somme.

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