John James Vial

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First name: John

Middle name: James

Last name: Vial

Personal information:

John James Vial, bricklayer of St. Peters, New South Wales, enlisted Sept. 1914, embarked from Sydney on Transport A19 Afric, 18 Oct. 1914 and served in Gallipoli, 1915, returning to Australia May 1916 before re-embarking on Euripides Sept. 1916 and serving in France and Belgium where he was killed in action, 3 Oct. 1917

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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