McPherson, Athol Cluny (Private, b.? - d.1915)

Units
Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria, Horsham
Accession Number PR03342
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 4 wallets: 7 cms
Object type Letters, Diary, Papers, Records, Photograph
Maker Beveridge, Sidney Alexander
McPherson, Athol Cluny
Various
Place made At sea, Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Broadmeadows, Egypt, Egypt: North Egypt, Mena, Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1914-1919
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

Collection relating to the service of 352 Private Athol Cluny McPherson, 5 Battalion, 1914-1919. Collection consists of correspondence (approximately 90 letters) from McPherson to his family (1914-1915); two diaries kept by McPherson (1914-1915); an urgent telegram notifying the family of McPherson's death (1915); a letter informing the family of the return of his belongings (1916); a card with a photograph of McPherson's grave at Shrapnel Gully, Gallipoli; two letters written by Chaplain 2nd Class Sidney Alexander Beveridge, AIF; a leaflet from the Imperial War Graves Commission; two souvenir booklets and a leaflet from the 2001 commemoration of Anzac Day at Gallipoli; and three coloured photographs taken in 2001 at Shrapnel Valley. The majority of his letters were written from Mena Camp in Egypt and describe his enlistment, the voyage to Egypt, the excitement of travel and the mood of optimism in 1914 that the war would soon be over.

History / Summary

Biographical note: 352 Private Athol Cluny McPherson, 5 Infantry Battalion, AIF. Killed in action 19 August, 1915, at Gallipoli. Aged 34. Son of Murray Bennett McPherson and Maria Eliza McPherson, of Baillia St., Horsham, Victoria, Australia. Native of Nangeela, Victoria.