John Joyce

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First name: John

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Last name: Joyce

Personal information:
John Joyce, storekeeper of Hawthorne, Victoria was born in Armagh, Ireland. He enlisted aged 28 on 27 July 1915 and embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A71 Nestor, 11 Oct. 1915. He served with the 7th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces in northern France and Belgium. He was promoted to lance-corporal on 2 Aug. 1916, was wounded in action on 17 Aug. 1916, invalided from France to England on 21 Aug. 1916 and returned to Melbourne on HMAT Miltiades, 2 June 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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