James Baillie

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First name: James

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Last name: Baillie

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Private James Baillie, a labourer of North Sydney, New South Wales, was 28 years old when he enlisted, 22 Dec. 1914 and embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee, 11 February 1915. He was a member of the 13th Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade. A.I.F. He fought throughout the Gallipoli campaign from the first landing on 25 April 1915 to the final withdrawal on 20 December 1915. He was wounded in action, 11 Aug. 1916 and returned to Australia on the Benalla, 13 Feb. 1917

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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