John Duncan McRae

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First name: John

Middle name: Duncan

Last name: McRae

Personal information:

John Duncan McRae, draughtsman of Newtown, N.S.W., enlisted in Oct. 1916 at the age of 22. He embarked on the Suevic at the age of 22, Nov. 1916 and served as a private with the 19th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces in France and Belgium, 1917. He was wounded in action in Belgium, 18 Sep. 1917 and died the next day

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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