Norman Thomas Gilroy

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First name: Norman

Middle name: Thomas

Last name: Gilroy

Personal information:

Norman Thomas Gilroy embarked for Egypt on the transport Hessen (later Transport HMAT Bulla), Feb. 1915 and served as a naval wireless operator on the Hessen off Gallipoli and Imbros before the ship returned to England, 4 July 1915. He returned to Melbourne Aug. 1915, subsequently became a priest and served as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney from 1940 to 1971

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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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