Samuel Jabez Richards

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First name: Samuel

Middle name: Jabez

Last name: Richards

Personal information:

Samuel Jabez Richards, a doctor and surgeon in practice at Mount Morgan, Queensland in 1914, applied for a commission in the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force aged 50, 26 Oct. 1914 and was appointed a major. He embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAS A55 Kyarra on 5 Dec. 1914 and was attached to the First Australian Clearing Hospital in Egypt, 23 Jan.-1 Mar. 1915 and Gallipoli, 6 Mar.-13 July 1915. He died of pneumonia at the Dardanelles, on hospital ship Sicilia, 21 July 1915 and was buried at sea

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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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