Henry Joseph Parsons

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First name: Henry

Middle name: Joseph

Last name: Parsons

Personal information:

Henry Joseph Parsons, house painter of Leichhardt, Sydney, enlisted July 2 1916 aged 22 at Dubbo Depot and served with the 13th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement in France. He embarked on the Ceramic 7 Oct. 1916, arriving in Plymouth 21 Nov. 1916. On 8 Feb. 1917 he embarked on the Princess Victoria for France. He was taken prisoner along with 1170 other Australians at Reincourt on 11 Apr. 1917 when the Fourth Division, including the 13th Battalion, assaulted the Hindenburg Line in the First Battle of Bullecourt. After being treated for head wounds at Munster (Lager) Hospital he was interned at Soltau, Germany. He was repatriated from Ripon 31 Dec. 1918 and returned to Australia on the Leicestershire 3 May 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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