Joe Tilson Lang collection


Accession number
Significant collection relating to Joe Tilson Lang and his service in both World Wars. It includes correspondence, medals, scrapbooks, photographs and photograph albums and a souvenir dagger.
Scope and content

Collection of documents, photographs and other items illustrating the life of Joe Tilson Lang, O.B.E. who served during the First and Second World Wars, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The collection also includes items relating to his elder brother Captain William Lang, 6th Light Horse Regiment Machine Gun Section, who died of wounds August 1915 after being mortally wounded at Gallipoli.

4 boxes of papers and photographs
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in Dunedin in 1896, Joe Tilson Lang was employed as fitter and turner in 1915 before he enlisted in the first AIF in January 1915. He served on Gallipoli from May 1915 until the evacuation in December of that year, was promoted Sergeant in January 1916 and commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in June 1916. After being transferred to the 53rd Infantry Battalion, Joe was wounded one month later and was evacuated to hospital. He rejoined the battalion in October and in March 1917 was awarded the Military Cross. After being wounded for the second time in October he resigned in December 1917 and took a commission in the 2/97th Rajputs, an infantry battalion in the British Indian Army, returning to Australia in 1920.

Conditions of use
You are free to use for personal research and study. For other uses see
Preferred citation
31630, Joe Tilson Lang collection, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland