Billing, Urban Stanley (Trooper, b.1889 - d.1992)

Accession Number PR83/053
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm.
Object type Letter
Maker Billing, Urban Stanley (Stan)
Place made Egypt: Suez Canal, Port Said
Date made 1918
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/010/034
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 3509 Trooper Urban Stanley Billing, 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment. Collection consists of a 20 page letter was written by Tpr Billing to his wife Louisa Billing on 16 November 1918 whilst he was a patient in 14th Australian General Hospital at Port Said in Egypt. The letter describes the big push from Jaffa to Damascus, when mounted troops under General Allenby crushed the 3rd and 4th Turkish Armies in September to October 1918, and in particular describes the carnage that he encountered in Barada Gorge as he passed through it on 1 October 1918. Also included are two envelopes. A post script to the letter states the letter grew so big he was posting it in two envelopes.