Letters of Private David Riddell, 1st Gordon Highlanders and prisoner of war during the First World War. Edit

Summary

Identifier
Acc.13711

Dates

  • 1915-1916. (Creation)

Extents

  • 0.01 linear metres (Whole)
    1 file

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  • Language of Materials

    English

  • Scope and Contents

    Letters of Private David Riddell, 1st Gordon Highlanders and prisoner of war during the First World War, c.1915-1916.

    Letters and postcards of Private David Riddell, 1st Gordon Highlanders, and part of the British Expeditionary Force, c.1915-1916. Riddell, a machine gunner (number 9969), was captured and made a prisoner of war in 1914, during the early weeks of the war. He was captured at the Battle of Bertry, at which time around 500 Gordon Highlanders were taken prisoner.

    Most of the letters are written on prison camp headed paper, and many are accompanied with their original envelopes bearing various German postal franking and prison camp marks and censor marks. The letters give insight to his long incarceration, including frequent moves to different camps, need for tobacco, and reliance on food parcels. The letters are addressed to a Mrs Wallace in Lundin Links, Fife. Riddell`s Army Pay book is also included.

  • Separated Materials

    See also Acc.13690.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, 2016, Caroline Ruse.24 March 201613711

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