Keith Harris

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First name: Keith

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Last name: Harris

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Keith Harris, a boy of fifteen sailed from Sydney on 27 July 1917 as a member of the crew of S.S. Matunga bound for Newcastle, Brisbane, Rabaul and the Pacific Islands. The vessel was captured by the German Navy raider SMS Wolf on 6 August 1917, the crew were taken onboard the SMS Wolf, landed at Kiel, Germany six months later, and were interned at a POW camp at Gustrow, Germany. Harris remained there until he was repatriated to England in December 1918

Ward diary, 6 October 1914 - 28 July 1915
Diary of Eric Harford Ward

More than just this dairy (which is incredibly moving), it's the stories you piece together by reading other material in our collection. While on duty, Eric Ward wrote several letters to his home town paper The Bathurst TimesYou can even get a small glimpse of his life after the war with mention of a wedding. These documents are like pieces of a puzzle that together show a picture of a man who went to war and, thankfully, returned home.
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