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  • Title
    Letters and stories received by Miss A. A. N. Small for the book 'Some of the Fifth Division's Glory', 1917-1920
  • Creator
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1917-1920
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    977012
  • Physical Description
    0.10 metres of textual material (1 box) - typescript; - manuscript
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    The 5th Division was an infantry division of the Australian Army which served during the First and Second World Wars. The Division was formed in February 1916 as part of the expansion of the Australian Imperial Force infantry brigades. In addition to the existing 8th Brigade, the new 14th and 15th Brigades were added which had been raised from the battalions of the 1st and 2nd Brigades respectively. From Egypt the division was sent to France, where they served in the trenches along the Western Front.

    The compilation of the war book "Some of the Fifth Division's Glory" was intended to make the work a 'worthy souvenir of the Fifth's achievements written by the officers and men who made them possible’. Australian artists contributed and many well-known war photographs were reproduced. The committee included: General H. E. Elliott (president), Colonel W. E. H. Cass and Messrs. J. G. Lockley, W. R. Charlton and S. Ure Smith. Contributions were asked for from anyone in the Division on the following subjects: (1) The most interesting character in the unit from General to Private; (2) The best yarn about the unit; (3) The most interesting unofficial story connected with the Division or anyone in it; and (4) The bravest thing personally known of a man in the Division. The undertaking was voluntary and any proceeds were to be devoted towards some Divisional memorial.

    Reference:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5th_Division_(Australia) (accessed 24 May 2012)
    http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/57637962 (accessed 24 May 2012)
  • Scope and Content
    ITEM 01
    Letters to Miss A. A. N. Small with accounts of experiences in the 5th Division, 1917-1920

    ITEM 02
    A condensed history of the 5th Australian Pioneer Battalion, A.I.F., 3 March 1916-15 May 1919

    ITEM 03
    Grace Cossington-Smith letters to A. A. N. Small, 21 February, 16 March, ca. 1917-1920
  • Copying Conditions
    Research & study copies allowed:
  • General note

    Several of the letters were transferred from the pictorial collection [Photographs of the 5th Division, A.I.F., collected by Miss Aileen Small], PXD 508/17-26.
    State Library of New South Wales collection of World War I letters
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