Riddiford Colbourne Oakley

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First name: Riddiford

Middle name: Colbourne

Last name: Oakley

Personal information:

Riddiford (Rid) Colborne Oakley, minister of religion, embarked on Demosthenes 16 July 1915 and served as Captain Chaplain in Ismalia and with the 2nd Field Ambulance Brigade in France. He was wounded in action at Pozieres, 17 Aug. 1916 and returned to Australia on the Osterley, Apr. 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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