ID numberRCDIG0000912
TitleLetters relating to Cecil Charles Harpur Baldwin, 1916-1918
Collection number2DRL/0324
ClassificationDigitised Collection
Record typeFile
Item count6
Object typeLetters
Maker
  • Baldwin, Cecil Charles Harpur
  • Birdwood, William Riddell
Place madeWestern Front
Date made1916; 1918
Physical description14 Image/s captured
DescriptionLetters 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].
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