Roy Frederick Arnold

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First name: Roy

Middle name: Frederick

Last name: Arnold

Personal information:

Roy Frederick Arnold was born in Bega, New South Wales in 1895. In 1912 he was apprenticed to the felt hat trade in Sydney. In 1914 he enlisted in the Australian Naval and Military Expedition Infantry Regiment and in 1915 in the 18th Battalion, Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force. He served in the Dardenelles and in France. In 1918 he won the Military Medal and finished the war as Sergeant Arnold. Between the wars he qualified as a dentist. He enlisted in 1940 and served as Captain in the Australian Dental Unit, part of the Australian Army Medical Corps. He was discharged on compassionate grounds following the death of his first wife in 1944.

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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