Albert Richmond Compton

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First name: Albert

Middle name: Richmond

Last name: Compton

Personal information:

Sergeant A. R. Compton, coachsmith of Leichhardt, N.S.W. embarked from Sydney, NSW on board HMAT A9 Shropshire, 17 Mar. 1915. He served with the 13th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement at Gallipoli and in France. On 11 Apr. 1917, he was captured by the Germans at Bullecourt, remaining a prisoner until repatriation in Dec. 1918. Diary describes voyage on T.S.S. Shropshire, experiences in Egypt, 17 Apr. - 26 June 1915, action on Gallipoli, hospitalisation on Lemnos 14 Sep.-1 Nov. 1915 and evacuation 19 Dec. 1915

Featured
Arthur John Moore Burrowes letters and postcards to his family, 26 January 1918-15 September 1919
'If anything else is added the post card will be destroyed'

Keeping the secrets of battles fought, won and lost, makes for very clinical correspondence from ‘over there’. Reading between the lines about the realities of life in the armed forces must have been very difficult for the recipients of such scant morsels of information. It isn’t exactly a wordy message but I am sure it would have been happily received back home with the first line kept intact. See postcard.

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