Charles Vincent Monaghan

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First name: Charles

Middle name: Vincent

Last name: Monaghan

Personal information:

Charles Vincent Monaghan, a farmer of Nowra, New South Wales was born on 8 August 1884 at Mayfield, near Nowra. He enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Corps as a stretcher bearer on 15 July 1915, aged 30. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A26 Armadale, 21 March 1916, disembarked in Egypt on 23 April, and entrained for Tel el Kebir. With 3000 other men Monaghan landed at Marseilles on 16 May and Etaples on 21 May. He returned to Australia on the Beltana, 19 July 1919. A small photograph shows three men named as Andrews, Cartright and Monaghan

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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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