Alfred Henry Edwards

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First name: Alfred

Middle name: Henry

Last name: Edwards

Personal information:

Private Francis Joseph Brewer has taken down in shorthand the statement of Corporal Alfred Henry Edwards concerning the Battle of Mont St. Quentin. Corporal Edwards, born in Wales, was 19 years old when he enlisted on 1 November 1915 and embarked for overseas on 20 January 1916. He joined the 17th Battalion A.I.F. from Reinforcements on 15 June 1916. He arrived in France on 30 March 1917 where he spent most of the war and was wounded in action on 31 August 1918

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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