Jabez Leonard Lawry Waterhouse

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First name: Jabez

Middle name: Leonard Lawry

Last name: Waterhouse

Personal information:

Jabez Leonard Lawry Waterhouse (Leo), a farm labourer of Dungog, New South Wales, enlisted aged 22, 21 June 1915 and served in Egypt and France with the 12th Reinforcements, 1st Field Ambulance and later with the Australian Flying Corps. He was hospitalised in England with appendicitis, Dec. 1916, joined the Australian Flying Corps July 1917 and graduated as Flying Officer Nov. 1918. He was promoted lieutenant Feb. 1919 and returned to Australia on SS Kaiser-i-Hind, May 1919. See Ollie Oakley

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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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