Marshall, Henry Charles David (Major, b.1905 - d.1971)

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Accession Number PR03058
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 5 wallets: 8cm
Object type Memoir, Map, Photograph
Maker Marshall, Henry Charles David
Place made Australia, Germany, Germany: Lubeck
Date made 1939-1945; c.2000
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Description

Collection relating to the Second World War service of VX34 Major Henry Charles David Marshall, DSO, ED, 2/7 Infantry Battalion, 1939-1945.

The collection consists of fifteen handwritten booklets of memoirs, written by Major Marshall during his time as a prisoner of war in Germany, and one bound transcript of extracts from the memoirs he addressed to his wife. The inside of the cover of the first booklet reads “This book is private and for the perusal of my wife only. It is not to be shown to anyone without my permission.” The memoirs describe his experiences in Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Greece and Crete; his capture by Austrian Mounted Troops in 1941; his life as a prisoner of war at Oflag IX-A/H located in Spangenberg, 1941-1945. Marshall recounts the operations of the 2/7 Infantry Battalion and complements his text with personal observations on his surrounds, the people he had contact with, daily events and his feelings. The booklets contain photographs, plans and cuttings and information about Oflag IX-A/H including the library, orchestra, rations, recipes, and cast list for King Henry V, produced by men in the camp. Interesting features of the memoirs are the coloured hand-drawn maps of movements of the 2/7 Infantry Battalion at Bardia, Crete and Tobruk; photographs with captions including personnel at the camp and hand drawn plans of Oflag IX A-H.

Some wallets in the collection have been digitised and are available online.

History / Summary

Major Marshall compiled the original document as a journal, addressing his comments to his wife. Inside the cover of the first of the fifteen journals Marshal wrote: "This book is private and for the perusal of my wife only. It is not to be shown to anyone without my permission. [Signed] H. C. Marshall."