ID numberRCDIG0000353
TitleLetter from Turkish soldiers, 1915 and photocopy of newsclipping from the Melbourne "Argus", 1934
Collection numberPR00130
ClassificationDigitised Collection
Record typeFile
Item count1
Object typeLetters
Maker
  • Fussell, Leslie George
  • Unknown
Place madeOttoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli
Date made1915; 1934
Physical description3 Image/s captured
DescriptionLetter 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.
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