Brian Coldin Antill Pockley

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First name: Brian

Middle name: Coldin Antill

Last name: Pockley

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Brian Coldin Antill Pockley, medical practitioner of North Sydney, was appointed Captain in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, 18 Aug. 1914. He was the first Australian officer to be killed in action during World War I, when going to the aid of W.G.V. Williams, who became the first Australian serviceman to die, at Bita Paka, Rabaul 11 Sept. 1914.

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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