Correspondence from Leslie Cecil Maygar to his family, 1915-1916

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Accession Number RCDIG0001358
Collection number PR02016
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 3
Object type Letters, Postcard
Physical description 9 Image/s captured
Maker Maygar, Leslie Cecil
Place made Egypt: Cairo, Heliopolis, Egypt: Frontier, Sinai
Date made 1915-1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

Correspondence relating to the First World War Service of Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Cecil Maygar, 4th and 8th Light Horse Regiments. In a 1915 letter to his mother written from Egypt, Maygar writes of the landing at Gallipoli the month prior and the bravery and initial success of the Australian troops, as well as the toll. As a captain with the 4th Light Horse Regiment (LHR) he writes of how eager he and the men were to get to the fighting lines and the hard fighting that likely lay ahead, the regiment being deployed unmounted to the peninsula shortly thereafter. In a 1916 letter to his sister written from the Sinai, Maygar, now a lieutenant colonel in command of the 8th LHR, writes of the conditions in the Sinai and the mounted patrol work the regiment were tasked with east of the Suez Canal. He writes that he misses his mother’s letters (his mother had died on 2 April that year). Maygar also writes of the squadrons of the 4th LHR that had left for the Western Front. He talks of several key personalities in his letters, including the loss of Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, the command of Lieutenants Colonel John Kealty Forsyth and Leonard Long, and Major Frederick Tubb who he affectionately called “Tubbie.”
This file contains:
Letter from Leslie Cecil Maygar to his mother, Heliopolis Camp, 16 May 1915;
Postcard from Leslie Cecil Maygar to his mother, sent 3 June 1915;
Letter from Leslie Cecil Maygar to his sister, Sinai Desert, Egypt, 10 June 1916.