Edwin Walter Phelps

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First name: Edwin

Middle name: Walter

Last name: Phelps

Personal information:

Private Edwin Walter Phelps, a clerk of Ryde, New South Wales, enlisted 20 April 1916 at the age of 15 years 10 months and embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A68 Anchises, 24 Aug. 1916. He served with the 45th Battalion until he was transferred to the 13th Battalion on 8 March 1917. He was wounded and taken prisoner in Apr. 1917 at Bullecourt in France while attacking the Hindenburg line, was repatriated in Dec. 1918 and returned to Sydney on the China, 11 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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