Philip Ernest Owen

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First name: Philip

Middle name: Ernest

Last name: Owen

Personal information:

Philip Ernest Owen, a marine steward of Penshurst, Sydney, New South Wales was born in Balmain, Sydney and enlisted at the show ground camp in Dec. 1916 aged 29. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A68 Anchises, 24 Jan. 1917 and in July 1917 transferred from 1st Pioneer Battalion, 9th Reinforcement to the 17th Infantry Battalion. He was invalided from France to England Apr. 1918 with gas poisoning and was accidently injured in a dugout in Belgium, Aug. 1918. He returned to Australia on HT Ceramic, Jan. 1919

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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