Letter of appreciation for the assistance given to Australian Medical Corps by Indian ambulance men at Gallipoli

Letter/Manuscript

Description

English

Who wrote this letter?

During the First World War, many soldiers came from Australia and India to fight alongside British troops. This letter is from Australian soldier Harold Arthur Browett, a Private in the 3rd Field Ambulance division, to Austen Chamberlain, Secretary of State for India 1915-1917. In the letter, Browett says thank you for the assistance received during a battle in the Gallipoli campaign. 

Friendships across countries 

Harold Arthur Browett describes the much needed boost to the Australian soldiers’ spirits that Indian soldiers’ help gave. Through a simple act of sharing tea and cake, connections were made between men who may never have met were it not for the war. Browett speaks of the ‘binding friendship’ that he felt existed between the two nationalities because of their shared experiences.

Transcript

Transcript

English

Woodcote Park Hospital,
Ward E.12.
Epsom.
22nd August ’15.


Secretary of State for India,
Whitehall.

Dear Sir,

I read with intense interest a cutting from one of the daily papers praising the 14th Mountain Battery which supported us, the 3rd Australian Infantry Brigade, at Gaba Tepe in the small hours of Sunday morning April 25th.

I feel it my duty, only as a private, to write & tell you of the splendid assistance your ambulance men gave our Medical Corps on more than one occasion.

All Australians were fascinated by the cool work done by the Battery which aided us so much, & stirred us to feeling which words cannot convey by the loyal help they gave us when we were in need of it.

Full title
Appreciation of assistance rendered to Australian Medical Corps by Indian ambulance men in Gallipoli
Created
02 August, 1915
Format
Letter / Manuscript
Creator
Harold Arthur Browett
Held by
British Library
Usage Terms
Free from known copyright restrictions
Shelfmark
IOR/L/MIL/7/18921

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