Arthur Clyde Giles

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First name: Arthur

Middle name: Clyde

Last name: Giles

Personal information:

Rank Private on enlistment, Corporal on Nominal Roll; served with the 1st Battalion, 15th Reinforcement in Egypt before embarking for France 28 Mar. 1916. He attended the School of Instruction at Etaples 3 Aug. 1916, was wounded in action in France 18 Aug. 1916, hospitalised in England, wounded again 4 Oct. 1917 and returned to Australia in May 1919. Clyde Giles enlisted in the Australian Military Forces in Feb. 1942 but was discharged because of illness. His diary includes the period between 1914 and 1915 when he was steward aboad the New Zealand passenger ship Maunganui.
His brother John Albert Giles also served in the A.I.F., with the 53rd Battalion, 14th Brigade

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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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