Cecil Malthus : World War I papers [letters, telegrams, documents]
The Canterbury College modern languages professor first published ANZAC: A retrospect in 1965. In the foreword of the book he wrote:
I offer nothing but the truth for those who want to know what the war was like for the average man. Readers can believe that whatever I relate of my own experience is very nearly the same as what happened to their own uncle or grandfather.
This collection of letters and documents dates from April 1914 to his discharge in April 1917. The collection is not complete, and portions of some letters are missing. The letters follow Malthus’ progress from training in New Zealand to his experiences throughout the war, including time in Egypt preparing for Gallipoli, and his time in France. Malthus was injured in September 1916 and returned to New Zealand in March 1917.
The Malthus Letters on Twitter
We are tweeting excerpts from Cecil Malthus’ letters as part of our commemorations of WW100.
You can follow his words at @malthus_letters.
The excerpts will be added to a Storify.
Letters and documents digitised by Christchurch City Libraries from a private collection.
This material has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and not for published reproduction.
Related library resources
- New Zealand at War resources
- Catalogue search for books by Cecil Malthus
- The history of the Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 1914-1919 (published in 1921)