William George Agate : World War I letters, postcards and artifact
William George Agate was the eldest son of Moses and Minnie Agate. The Agate children included William (known as Bill ), Beatrice Florence (known as Foddie or Florrie), Mary (known as Molly), James Frederick (known as Jim) and Richard, (known as Dick or Pud). The family migrated from England in the first decade of 1900 and initially lived in Marrickville, before finally settling at Rockdale or Brighton-le-Sands. William Agate enlisted from Marrickville into the Australian Infantry Forces in December 1915. He completed his army training on 11 March and embarked from Sydney on 1 April 1916. Private Agate, No 5027, 1st Battalion A.I.F. died of wounds suffered during a German gas attack at Ypres in Belgium on 6 November 1917. The records in this collection comprise both personal and official correspondence and other material relating to William Agate’s military service during World War I.
Commonwealth of Australia lettercard depicting a picture on the rear of 'Troops on board transport' taking them to war in Europe. Inside is a letter from W. G. Agate, Member of 'B Company, 9th Battalion, 7th Platoon', written to his mother.
Leather bound notebook titled 'Album' in gold. Contents consist of notebook jottings, including poetry, in pencil and ink. Possibly later used by Ivy Ferguson. Inscribed in ink on first page: 'To Will. From your loving Sister Florrie. 1/10/15. To wish you happiness and joy on this your natal day.' Contents not scanned due to fragile nature of the item. Contact the University of Wollongong Archives for access to this item
5 colour postcards titled: Memphis, Statue de Ramses II ; Port-Said, P.&O. SS Medina ; Caire, Place de l'Opera ; Port-Said, entree du Canal vue de Port-Said and Jerusalem, arc de l'Ecca Homo. Written whilst overseas