Skip to navigation

Download large image Attached digital images are protected by copyright and are provided here for research and study purposes. For further use, please contact the Memorial.

Collection number PR00130
ID number RCDIG0000353
Title Letter from Turkish soldiers, 1915 and photocopy of newsclipping from the Melbourne "Argus", 1934
Record type File
Item count 1
Collection Digitised Collection
Object type Letters
Makers
  • Fussell, Leslie George (Compiler)
  • Unknown (Maker)
Place made Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made 1915; 1934
Physical description 3 Image/s captured
Image use Attached digital images are protected by copyright and are provided here for research and study purposes. For further use, please contact the Memorial.

Description

Letter relating to the First World War service of Major Leslie George Fussell, 17th Battalion, Gallipoli. The letter was 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.

Navigation