Geoffery Oswald Hawkins

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First name: Geoffery

Middle name: Oswald

Last name: Hawkins

Personal information:

Geoffrey Oswald Hawkins, a surveyor of Bendigo, Victoria enlisted in the A.I.F. on 1 March, 1915 aged 44. He embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 July 1915 and served with the 28th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement in Egypt, France and Belgium. He was wounded in action Sept. 1916 and hospitalised with trench feet in Nov.-Dec. 1916. He left France for London 8 Dec. 1918 and was taken on the staff of War Records. From Sept. 1919-Apr. 1920 he was with the War Graves Commission in the Dardenelles

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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