Olive Lawry Oakley

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First name: Olive

Middle name: Lawry

Last name: Oakley

Personal information:

Olive (Ollie) Lawry Oakley nee Waterhouse, was married to Riddiford Colborne Oakley (Rid). She travelled to Egypt at her own expense and worked with the 21st General Hospital in Alexandria as a Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.), and after her husband's departure for France with the Y.M.C.A. in Cairo, signing for and receiving a numbered armlet stamped with the Red Cross badge. Her husband subsequently asked if she was entitled to the 1915 star and the victory medal, but was informed that only volunteers attached officially to organisations such as the Red Cross, Y.M.C.A. or the Comforts Fund were eligible for war medals.

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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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