A B Paterson

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First name: A

Middle name: B

Last name: Paterson

Personal information:

A.B. (Banjo) Paterson, 1864-1941, poet, solicitor, journalist, war correspondent and soldier was the author of 'The Man from Snowy River' and other bush ballads. At the outbreak of World War I he sailed for England hoping for a job as a war correspondent. In 1915 he visited the Straffan stud on the Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland, owned by Edward Kennedy (Doris Kennedy was probably his wife). He returned to Australia and was commissioned in the AIF. He fought in the Middle East in 1916 and was given command of the Australian Remount Squadron from October of that year until mid-1919. Back in Australia he took over editorship of 'The Sportsman'in 1920. 7 Feb. 1915, 8 May 1916, 2 Aug. 1916 and 15 Sep. 1920. ; Subjects covered by Paterson in these four letters include horses and horseracing, his activities as a remount officer in Egypt and as a journalist and family man after the war.

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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