Robert Harris

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First name: Robert

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Last name: Harris

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Private Robert Harris, a schoolteacher from Glen Innes, N.S.W. embarked from Sydney aged 20 on HMAT A35 Berrima, 19 Aug. 1914, and served with the Machine Gun Section, 2nd Battalion of the Australian Infantry Forces. He saw action in New Guinea, France and at Gallipoli. He was promoted to Lance Corporal 1 Oct. 1914, received officer training in England Oct. 1917-June 1918 and was attached to machine gun sections of the 9th, 11th and 12th Battalions. Harris was wounded Sept. 1918, recuperated in England and returned to France Dec. 1918. He returned to Australia on the Katoomba, Sept. 1919

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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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