Thomas Ralph Brain, 59th Battalion, discusses his experiences on the Western Front during the First World War in an interview with Paul Cobb

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ID numberS02096
Collection typeSound
TitleThomas Ralph Brain, 59th Battalion, discusses his experiences on the Western Front during the First World War in an interview with Paul Cobb
Object typeOral history
Place madeAustralia: Victoria, Melbourne, Frankston
Date made1 March 1992
Descriptoraudio cassette; TDK D120; mono
AccessOpen
DescriptionDiscusses, Side A: early life; compulsory army training; enlistment; sail to Egypt; illness; desert training; travel to Western Front; spies; preparing for Fromelles battle; Fromelles; wounded; battalion casualties; Pompey Elliot; conditions at the Somme; duties at the front; Messines; leave in Britain; trench raids; gambling; visit relatives. Side B: end of war; Spanish Influenza; Harefield; rum ration; mine explosions at Messines; opinion of British troops; convalescent camp; return to Australia; celebrates 21st birthday; shore leave at Cape Town; reunited with father; return on Battlefield Tour.
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