Letters to Merna

Letters to Merna

The letters of two soldiers written to Merna Gillies during the First World War were donated by her family to the State Library of Queensland. Both young men had attended Brisbane Grammar with her brother Clyde, both soldiers had very different stories to tell. William Howe IRVING, 3rd Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps, had been working as … Read more

Mates for Life

George Henry Brigham

Private George Brigham described his experiences of World War One in a ten-part diary, in the form of letters to his mother. It is a beautifully written account from a man who obviously delighted in life and those he met along the way. His narrative brings to life the shared experiences of four privates, who … Read more

One who loved his fellow men

Aubrey Harold Freeman

Lieutenant Aubrey (Harold) Freeman, 6th Australian Field Company Engineers. Killed in Action, Flers, 8 November 1916, age 27. Known as Harold, his father was very proud of his eldest son who had followed in his footsteps as a civil engineer, with the Queensland Railways. Educated at St Josephs College, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane, he was appointed resident engineer … Read more

Archibald Hewland Raymond And John Norman Radcliffe Diaries Digitised @SLQ

Archibald Hewland Raymond (centre) with two unidentified soldiers. Source: John Oxley Library, Acc: 30453/4.

The John Oxley Library has recently digitised the diaries of two World War I soldiers; Captain Archibald Hewland Raymond who served with the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade at Gallipoli and the Western Front, and Captain John Norman Radcliffe who served with the Royal Garrison Artillery of the British Army in France and Belgium.  The two men were … Read more