Francis William Roberts

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First name: Francis

Middle name: William

Last name: Roberts

Personal information:

F. W. Roberts, orchardist of Upper Hawthorn, Victoria enlisted 23 Feb. 1916 aged 27 years. He embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT A11 Ascanius, 11 May 1917. While serving with the 21st Battalion, 6th Brigade, 2nd Division of the Australian Imperial Force, commanded by Major-General Charles Rosenthal, he was killed in the attack on Mont St Quentin, France on Sunday, 1 Sept. 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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