Maurice Delpratt (1886-1957) volunteered for the 5th Light Horse Regiment, and was taken prisoner by the Turks at Gallipoli on 28 June 1915.
Delpratt remained a prisoner of war for the duration of the war, imprisoned mainly at Hadji-Kiri, near Belemedik, in the Taurus Mountains in Turkey where he worked on the construction of the Baghdad railway. Delpratt was released after the armistice in November 1918 and returned to Australia in July 1919. This collection contains letters and postcards he wrote to his family and friends while imprisoned. The collection is a testament to the work of the Red Cross, which ensured that his mail was sent and pay received.