ID number S02096
Title Thomas Ralph Brain, 59th Battalion, discusses his experiences on the Western Front during the First World War in an interview with Paul Cobb
Collection Sound
Object type Oral history
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Frankston
Date made 1 March 1992
Physical description audio cassette; TDK D120; mono Sound 1  
Sound 2  
Sound 3  
Note Open
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Discusses, 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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