William George Jones

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First name: William

Middle name: George

Last name: Jones

Personal information:

William Jones was born on 19 April 1883 in Limehouse, England. After serving in the Royal Navy from 19 Apr. 1901 to 18 Apr. 1913 he entered the service of the Royal Australian Navy, 16 May 1913 and served on HMAS Pioneer. Pioneer was in Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne when war with Germany was declared on 4 August 1914, and received her orders to withdraw to Australia on 8 August 1916, and was paid off on her return to Sydney on 7 November

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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