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Letter from Ross Smith following World War I to his mother, Cairo

Letter from Ross Smith following World War I to his mother, Cairo

Letter from Ross to his mother, Jessie Smith, while on active service during World War I. Written at the Shepheard's Hotel, Cairo. Ross speaks of flying to Baghdad in the morning with Generals Salmond[?] and Borton in the morning in his Hanley Page aeroplane, with plans to fly to Australia in the following two months. Also mentions attending a dance that night given by the Russian Grand Duke who killed Rasputin, and the Commander in Chief visiting Cairo.

Letter from Ross Smith following World War I to his mother, Baghdad

Letter from Ross Smith following World War I to his mother, Baghdad

Letter from Ross to his mother, Jessie Smith, while on active service during World War I. Written at the Hotel Maude, Baghdad. Ross speaks of flying from Cairo on the Friday and arriving in Baghdad the following day with Generals Salmond[?] and Borton and two mechanics in his Hanley Page aeroplane, with plans to fly to India along the Persian Gulf and down to Kerachi the following day. The departure date was then moved to the day after, the 4th December. From there Ross and General Borton would start plans to fly to Australia.

Letter from Ross Smith following World War I to his mother, Persian Gulf

Letter from Ross Smith following World War I to his mother, Persian Gulf

Letter from Ross to his mother, Jessie Smith, while on active service during World War I. Written at Chabahar, Persian Gulf. Ross speaks of plans of arriving in India the following afternoon in the Handley Page bomber after flying to Karachi and two days later arriving in Delhi. Also mention of the aeroplane flying well with the Rolls Royce engines purring along for well, with the longest air time being seven hours from Damascus to Baghdad.

Letter from Ross Smith following World War I to his mother, Calcutta

Letter from Ross Smith following World War I to his mother, Calcutta

Letter from Ross to his mother, Jessie Smith, while on active service during World War I. Written in Calcutta. Ross gives an account of his journey since the day that Turkey signed the armistice on 31 October 1918, and a detailed description of his flight from Cairo to India leading up to time spent in Calcutta on 3 January 1919.

Letter from Ross Smith following World War I to his mother, on board Royal Indian Marine Ship Minto

Letter from Ross Smith following World War I to his mother, on board Royal Indian Marine Ship Minto

Letter from Ross to his mother, Jessie Smith, following active service during World War I. Written on 15 and 27 March, and 5 April 1919 at sea on board the Royal Indian Marine Ship Minto (R.I.M.S.). Mentions leaving Calcutta with General Burton and steaming down the Burma coast to Rangoon and further North, to Victoria Point in Burma and on to Penang and Singapore searching for aircraft landing positions along the way with aim of landing 350 to 400 mile distances before flying the 280 miles of open sea to Port Darwin. Speaks of possible delays to the flight to Australia due to the weather and rainy season.

World War I Souvenir Album

A souvenir album "Our Bit in the Great War" comprising World War I service records, photographs and newspaper cuttings of some South Australian soldiers and nurses. (After extensive conservation the album is now in two volumes).

Prisoner of War Camp

Prisoner of War Camp

Prisoner of War Camp-World War I, located near Monash.

Formal group of South Australian soldiers during World War I

Formal group of South Australian soldiers during World War I

A formal group of South Australian soldiers taken during World War I, possibly at Mitcham camp; names unknown.

Relaxation during army service at Palestine during World War I

Relaxation during army service at Palestine during World War I

Close view of a group of soldiers relaxing during their service at Palestine in World War I with two men in the foreground standing by notices, they are possibly running a betting shop as one carries paper that could be money and the second wears binoculars and a large bag around his neck.

Australian servicemen serving overseas during World War I

Australian servicemen serving overseas during World War I

A group of Australian servicemen photographed whilst serving overseas during World War I.

Portrait of a World War One soldier and family

Portrait of a World War One soldier and family

Half-plate glass negative of a portrait of an unidentified Australian soldier wearing World War One military uniform seated with a woman and two young boys, thought to be his wife and two sons. The woman is wearing a long embroidered coat and a broad-brimmed hat with floral decorations. The boys are wearing jackets with pocket watches in the top pockets, shorts with knee-high socks, and top hats. The background shows the columns of a building and surrounding gardens.

World war I identification tag of Ernest Arthur Frost, Third Australian Light Horse

World war I identification tag of Ernest Arthur Frost, Third Australian Light Horse

Digital copy of the identification tag belonging to Ernest Arthur Frost, worn whilst on he was on active service with the Third Light Horse during World War I. Stamp embossed text reads, 'E.A.Frost, 2873, 3 L.H., A.I.F., C.E.'; 'Manoora S.Aus' on verso.

World War One memorial, One Tree Hill

World War One memorial, One Tree Hill

A close view of a World War I war memorial at One Tree Hill, South Australia commemorating the lives of William Charles Kelly, 3rd Light Horse; Private Alexander Howard Blencowe, 48th Battalion; Private Albert Arthur Shillabeer, 48th Battalion; and Private Andrew William Shillabeer, 10th Battalion. A memorial listing those fallen in World War II was added to the tier below at a later date.

World War I memorial at One Tree Hill

World War I memorial at One Tree Hill

A close view of a World War I war memorial at One Tree Hill, South Australia commemorating the lives of William Charles Kelly, 3rd Light Horse; Private Alexander Howard Blencowe, 48th Battalion; Private Albert Arthur Shillabeer, 48th Battalion; and Private Andrew William Shillabeer, 10th Battalion. A memorial listing those fallen in World War II was added to the tier below at a later date.

World War I memorial at One Tree Hill

World War I memorial at One Tree Hill

A close view of a war memorial to the fallen in World War I at One Tree Hill, South Australia. Names listed: Lieutenant William Charles Kelly, 3rd Light Horse; Private Alexander Howard Blencowe, 48th Battalion; Private Albert Arthur Shillabeer, 48th Battalion; and Private Andrew William Shillabeer, 10th Battalion. A memorial listing those fallen in World War II was added to the tier below at a later date.

World War One correspondence from Alexander (Alick) Charles Anderson to Ruby Jennings

World War One correspondence from Alexander (Alick) Charles Anderson to Ruby Jennings

Sixty postcards and silk embroidered cards sent mostly from Alexander (Alick) Charles Anderson to his future wife Ruby Jennings during World War I. There are some unwritten postcards with pictures of Cairo and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), and some have annotations. A small number of the postcards are written to Ruby from either Eliza or Tom.

Party for World War I soldiers

Party for World War I soldiers

GENERAL: A farewell party given by nursing sisters for their patients at Harefield, England after the end of World War I.

Ships of the German Kaiserliche Marine fleet during World War I

Ships of the German Kaiserliche Marine fleet during World War I

Ships of the German Kaiserliche Marine fleet during World War I. Research suggests that the ship in the foreground is a pre-dreadnought battleship of the Deutschland class. Of the five Deutschland class battleships SMS Pommern was torpedoed in 1916, SMS Hannover, SMS Schleswig-Holstein and SMS Schlesienwere were retained by the Reichsmarine after World War I and SMS Deutschland was scrapped in 1922. None participated in the surrender of the Kaiserliche Marine fleet at Scapa Flow in November 1918.

Women working on making sacks for the war effort during World War I

Women working on making sacks for the war effort during World War I

Interior of a warehouse where a large group of women are working on constructing hessian into sacks as a contribution to the war effort during World War I.

World War I, war time views album

World War I, war time views album

Comprising an album of war time views including World War I soldiers, an Egyptian building and mounted soldiers. 16 images.

War damaged shops during World War I

War damaged shops during World War I

Shoppers patronising war damaged shops in England during World War I; wooden boards have replaced windows where notices saying 'business as usual' are displayed.

Fund raising for the Red Cross during World War I in Adelaide

Fund raising for the Red Cross during World War I in Adelaide

Booths set up near the South African War Memorial statue on North Terrace, Adelaide where fund raisers are selling produce in aid of the Red Cross during World War I.

British men training for war

British men training for war

British civilian men armed with rifles marching along a road as part of their training for the armed forces during the early stages of World War I.

Three woman helping to sell goods from a stall in aid of the war effort during World War I

Three woman helping to sell goods from a stall in aid of the war effort during World War I

Three woman helping to sell goods from a stall in aid of the war effort during World War I.

A World War One memorial

A World War One memorial

A memorial to those who served in World War One; exact location unknown.

Red Cross fund raising stall during World War I in South Australia

Red Cross fund raising stall during World War I in South Australia

A Red Cross fund raising stall during World War I with a large sign saying 'S.O.S. Send out socks'.

Women fund raising group during World War I in Adelaide

Women fund raising group during World War I in Adelaide

A group of women engaged in fund raising activites during World War I standing outside a booth carrying the sign 'Ye Smokers Retreat' with two framed posters advertising 'Three Castles' cigarettes.

Group of women workers for World War I charities in Adelaide

Group of women workers for World War I charities in Adelaide

A group of ten women, some wearing Red Cross badges, who were voluntary workers for World War I charities in Adelaide.

Women fund raisers for World War I charities in Adelaide

Women fund raisers for World War I charities in Adelaide

A group of women, some carrying trays of items for sale, who were engaged in raising funds for World War I charities in Adelaide, South Australia.

Women fund raising workers during World War I in Adelaide

Women fund raising workers during World War I in Adelaide

A group of women, some wearing Red Cross badges, who were engaged in fund raising activites in Adelaide during World War I.