Ellis Silas

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First name: Ellis

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Last name: Silas

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Ellis Silas (1885-1972), painter and illustrator, sailed from London to Australia in 1907 and settled in Perth, Western Australia. He enlisted in October 1914 and was made a private in the 16th Battalion, C Company. He trained as a signaller and embarked for Egypt from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914. His unit landed at Gallipoli on the evening of the 25 April 1915 where he served at Pope's Hill, Quinn's Post and Bloody Angle until 28 May 1915 when he was evacuated to Egypt suffering from shell shock and fever

Ward diary, 6 October 1914 - 28 July 1915
Diary of Eric Harford Ward

More than just this dairy (which is incredibly moving), it's the stories you piece together by reading other material in our collection. While on duty, Eric Ward wrote several letters to his home town paper The Bathurst TimesYou can even get a small glimpse of his life after the war with mention of a wedding. These documents are like pieces of a puzzle that together show a picture of a man who went to war and, thankfully, returned home.

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