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Receipt - Registered Mail, Middle East, World War I, 1915-1917 Document Reg. No: HT 11773

Summary:
Receipt for registered mail with text printed in Arabic, English and French. Sent from World War I soldier Langley Edward Clarke to his father Mr F E Clarke in Tasmania. It appears to have been sent from the Middle East - probably Egypt, where he spent time, including a period in hospital after he was wounded.

Langley Edward Clarke (regimental number 1015) was a 22-year-old labourer from Pontville, Tasmania, who enlisted on 21 September 1914. He was assigned to the 15th Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade, G Company. He was sent to Broadmeadows for training, then embarked from Melbourne on the 'Ceramic' on 22 December 1914. He became a gunner and was wounded at Gallipoli. In March 1916, after his recovery, he was transferred to the 4th Australian Division Artillery and sent to fight in France, where he was promoted to bombadier. In January 1917 he was transferred to the 10th Field Artillery Brigade and subsequently was posted to the 38th Battalion. On 18 July 1917 he was severely gassed, and after treatment in England was shipped back to Australia unfit. He was discharged from the Army on 29 January 1918.
Description:
Receipt for registered mail with text printed in Arabic, English and French. Receipt is made from newspaper, and names are handwritten in pencil.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Hardy Enscoe, 1986
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 6.0 cm (Height), 16.4 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: world war i 1914-1918, military memorabilia, postal services
Themes this item is part of: Langley Edward Clarke, AIF (circa 1892-1966), Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Personal Effects
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Printed on front: "Received registered article No. / Sender / Addressee / Destination / acknowledgement of receipt...."
Date Used: Egypt, 1915-1917

The receipt appears to have been sent from the Middle East - probably Egypt, where Clarke spent time, including a period in hospital after he was wounded.
References: Service records for Langley Clarke are held at the National Archives of Australia - Series number B2455, Barcode 1969950.

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