Jack Sommers

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Private John Archibald Douglas Sommers, artist and author of Melbourne, Victoria, enlisted aged 36, 22 Aug. 1914 and embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A1 Hymettus, 22 Oct. 1914. He served with the 1st Division, Australian Army Service Corps in Egypt, Gallipoli and France. During 1915 he contributed verses to the Bulletin. He returned to Australia on the Balmoral Castle, 21 Mar. 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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