Letters relating to Cecil Charles Harpur Baldwin, 1916-1918

Unit 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Europe: Western Front
Accession Number RCDIG0000912
Collection number 2DRL/0324
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 6
Object type Letters
Physical description 14 Image/s captured
Maker Baldwin, Cecil Charles Harpur
Birdwood, William Riddell
Place made Western Front
Date made 1916; 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

Letters relating to the First World War service of 3019 Sergeant Cecil Charles Harpur Baldwin, 3rd Infantry Battalion. In a series of letters to his mother, Baldwin details his experiences whilst serving with 3rd Battalion on the Western Front. He describes 'listening' duty in the trenches at night, where he would listen for enemy movement and patrols. Baldwin also mentions his award of the Military Medal for his service at the Battle of Pozieres in August 1916. In all of his letters home to his mother, he takes great effort to portray a positive experience as to mitigate her worrying. Baldwin signed off most of those letters with the phrase 'don't worry, be happy.' A few months after his last dated letter, he would be killed in action on 2 March 1917 near Bapaume. Also included in this file is a condolence letter from Field Marshal Birdwood to Baldwin's mother and a commemorative scroll.
This file contains:
Letter from Cecil Charles Harpur Baldwin to his mother, 21 May 1916;
Letter from Cecil Charles Harpur Baldwin to his mother, 25 June 1916;
Letter from Cecil Charles Harpur Baldwin to his mother, 24 September 1916;
Letter from Cecil Charles Harpur Baldwin to his mother, 6 December 1916;
Letter from Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood to the mother of Cecil Charles Harpur Baldwin, Australian Corps, France, 25 February 1918;
Commemorative scroll for Cecil Charles Harpur Baldwin, [date unknown].