Fussell, Leslie George (Major, b.1884 - d.1960)

Unit 17th Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Accession Number PR00130
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Letters, Newspaper cutting
Maker Unknown
Fussell, Leslie George
Place made Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1915
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 419/035/002
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Collection relating to the First World War service of Major Leslie George Fussell, 17 Battalion, Gallipoli. Collection consists of a note written by Turkish soldiers expressing their thanks for a tin of bully beef that had been thrown into their trenches by Major Fussell at Quinn's Post whilst instructing his men in the art of bomb throwing. The action was misinterpreted by the Turks as a friendly gesture who returned this note along with a parcel of tobacco thanking the Australians for their thoughtful gift of preserved meat. The note is written in French. Also included is a photocopy of newsclipping from the Melbourne "Argus" (1934) giving an account of the story and a translation of the note.