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Correspondence of Major Lancelot Ashley Lewis
Title : Correspondence of Major Lancelot Ashley Lewis Correspondence of Major Lancelot Ashley Lewis
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Creator : Lewis, Lancelot Ashley, 1885-1938
Source : Lewis family, PRG 247/54
Date of creation : 1915
Format : Letter
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Letters written by Lance Lewis, Lewis family members, and friends, between March 1915 and March 1917, describing Lance Lewis's service in Egypt and Gallipoli, and his convalescence in England.

Major Lewis, a member of the 3rd Light Horse Regiment, was wounded in action at the Battle of Rafa on the 9 January 1917. His wounds were in the head and neck and he was dangerously ill for two months before returning to Australia. View his AIF service record [National Archives of Australia].

Read a PDF of these letters:
Part 1: 27 December 1914 - 8 May 1915 (4.2 MB)
Part 2: 8 May 1915 - 15 July 1915 (5.2 MB)
Part 3: 1 August 1915 - 27 January 1916 (5.2 MB)
Part 4: 8 February 1916 - 24 May 1916 (4.2 MB)
Part 5: 30 May 1916 - 21 January 1917 (5.2 MB)
Part 6: 25 January 1917 - 19 February 1917 (4.2 MB)
Part 7: 20 February 1917 - 13 March 1917 (4.2 MB)
Part 8: 26 March 1917 - 4 June 1918 (4.2 MB)
Part 9: 1 March 1919 - 4 January 1921 (2.1 MB)
Or read a typescript transcript of selected letters.

Lewis appears in the records of the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau. View telegrams about his progress after his injury.

Period : 1914-1918
Further reading :

Bean, C.E.W. The official history of Australia in the war of 1914-1918, Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1938-1942

Carlyon, Les. The great war, Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia, 2006

Gammage, Bill. The broken years : Australian soldiers in the Great War, Ringwood, Vic. : Penguin Books, 1990

Kent, David. From trench and troopship : the experience of the Australian Imperial Force, 1914-1919, Alexandria, N.S.W. : Hale & Iremonger , 1999

Macdougall, Anthony. Australians at war : a pictorial history, Nobel Park, Vic. : Five Mile Press, 2002

Robertson, John. Anzac and Empire : the tragedy & glory of Gallipoli, [Richmond, Vic.] : Hamlyn Australia, 1990

Internet links :

South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau [State Library of South Australia]

AIF Database: Australian Anzacs in the Great War 1914-1918 [Australian Defence Force Academy]

Anzac Day Commemoration Committee (Queensland) See: History: World War 1

Australians at War [Department of Veterans' Affairs]

Australian War Memorial See: Australians at War: Australian Military History Overview: First World War 1914-1918

Australian Army History Unit [Department of Defence]: See: History in focus [several sections about World War One]

Official history of Australia in the war of 1914-1918 [Australian War Memorial]

RSL Virtual War Memorial

Victorians at War - Oral History project [Department of Veterans' Affairs and State Library of Victoria]

World War I and its Aftermath 1914 - 1921 [New South Wales High School Certificate (HSC) online]



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