Walter Lawry Waterhouse

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First name: Walter

Middle name: Lawry

Last name: Waterhouse

Personal information:

Walter Lawry Waterhouse enlisted in the A.I.F. 21 June 1915 aged 27 years. He applied for a commission 11 Jan. 1916, embarked from Sydney on HMAT Osterley, 15 Jan. 1916 and served with the 2nd Battalion, 14th Reinforcements and 1st Infantry Brigade in France and Belgium. His brother Jabez Leonard Lawry Waterhouse also served in the AIF and his sister Olive worked as a V.A.D. at the 21st General Hospital and Y.M.C.A., Alexandria. Walter Waterhouse was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry, Sept. 1916, was wounded in action 12 Nov. 1916 and returned to Australia on the Kanowna, 8 Mar. 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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