John Victor Armstong

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First name: John

Middle name: Victor

Last name: Armstong

Personal information:

John Victor Armstrong was born in June 1899 in Cooper's Shoot on the N.S.W. north coast. He enlisted at Lismore, N.S.W. age 18 in July 1916 and embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Benalla on November 9, 1916. He served in the 5th reinforcement of the 39th Battalion. He was wounded in action in France on June 9, 1918 and was reported to have 'very little hope of recovery'. He did recover, and was returned to Australia on the HT Takada December 24, 1918. He spent the remainder of his working life farming at Cooper's Shoot and raising four children with his wife Grace. He died in September 1967

Featured
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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