Verdi George Schwinghammer

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First name: Verdi

Middle name: George

Last name: Schwinghammer

Personal information:

Verdi George Schwinghammer, clerk of Byron Bay, New South Wales was 25 years old when he embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra, 17 Nov. 1916. He was attached to the 42nd Battalion A.I.F., formed with men from Northern Rivers, New South Wales, and southern Queensland. He served in France June 1917-Apr. 1919, was wounded and spent some time in hospital in France and England before returning to Australia 16 June 1919

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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