WWI letters Arabic and Bulgarian

WWI letters Arabic and Bulgarian from allied forces

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A collection of letters in Arabic and Greek in the possion of ROBERT THOMSON (BERT) GOULDING (1886-1987). Robert was a Tauranga Town Planner who served during WWI in the Hauraki Regiment and 8th Survey Company, Royal Engineers. Present at Gallipoli and Salonika.

 

Page one, typed "TRANSLATION OF A LETTER WRITTEN BY THE TURKISH PRISONERS OF WAR TO OTHER TURKISH SOLDIERS.   IT IS SUGGESTED IT SHOULD BE PRINTED ABOVE THE SIGNATURE "TURKISH PRISONERS OP WAR IK THE BRITISH CAMP”.

We all, Moslems like you send you our individual greetings. We like you, have long served in the Ottoman Army.     We are of those who came to Bulgaria at the same time as you.     We lived together a long time.     Providence has brought us unfortunate beings under the protect­ion of England, our friend, from whom we are receiving kind treatment and protection more than we can describe.

We are sending you this humble letter, because our affection towards you friends continues, and we beg you to listen no longer to the promises of a gang of traitors and bestir yourselves.

As regards our religion in particular, and in every other respect as well, the good treatment we are receiving cannot for a moment be denied. Not a vestige remains of the misery we have endured for some years. As for eatables and drink, - why we have never been so well done before. Everything required by religion is admirably provided for.   Take it from us, this is a State that really looks after all that.

With good wishes, etc.

November 8th. 1918.

 

 

Page Two Letter in Arabic

Handwritten across top “printed during night of 3rd – 4th Nov. Final Proof. Sherif’s manifesto in brief. Translation follows.”

 

Handwritten across the bottom “2Lcpl Clifforth  5000 Copies.  1000 to be done up in rolls of 50 each. AliO”

 

Page Five

Handwritten “Bulgarian Colonel’s letter adjuring Bulgarians to give themselves up. June 1916.”

 

---- A version of this article was archived in August 2016 at Perma CC https://perma.cc/A3FH-URFN.

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