Clifford Mervyn Geddes

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First name: Clifford

Middle name: Mervyn

Last name: Geddes

Personal information:

Corporal Clifford Mervyn Geddes, bank clerk of Chatswood, N.S.W. embarked from Sydney, NSW on board HMAT A14 Euripides, 20 Oct. 1914 and served with the 13th Battalion and 56th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement in Gallipoli and France. He became ill with dysentery at Gallipoli, was hospitalised in Malta and Cairo and was transferred to Australia on the Suffolk, 29 Jan. 1916. He returned to the war, embarking on HMAT A14 Euripides 31 Oct. 1917 for England and France where he fought in the battles of Hamel and Amiens. He returned to Australia on the Mahia, 20 July, 1919. His two brothers, Stanley Arthur Geddes and Aubrey Allen Geddes also served with the A.I.F.

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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