Two members of my family died in this war. One with the Imperial Australian Forces, one with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Fred died at Ypres in 1916 age 26 and Harry on the Somme in 1918 six weeks before the end.
I have letters in my possession all written to nearest and dearest (mom and wife).
The thing that always strikes me from what we now know, is the everyday way in which they talk of whats happening and the rational of the events taking place.
From history we know how horrific it was and even to us who have seen all kinds via film and Internet.
Imagine people who were raised in quiet rural areas, non travelled and worldly innocent, suddenly facing that and then think deeply how us educated, well exposed types would fare.
That kind of casualty is typical of what thousands of poor bastards went through.View attachment 4266 My great uncle also served in AIF Rumrat.2nd Batallion. 6727 (Old sweat number) Private Arthur Connolly. Family lost touch with him. I did a bit of investigation on line.found out he'd been badly injured in France.Sent back to Oz on hospital ship and discharged. Seemed to suffer from what now called PTSD, and life fell apart. wandered aimless around Australia, and died of complications from wounds 1923. He was buried in a paupers,unmarked grave. I got on to Australian War Graves Comission, told them the story, and they did up the grave, and maintain it now.
Thats one of the sites I got information from. It was about 5 years ago, and the Australian Goverment was in the process of digitizing (is that a word?) the files. I must look again, see if anymore information on line.http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/records/1drl0428/2/109/7/1drl-0428-2-109-7-12.pdf
Found this just now whilst searching the record.
You need to scroll all the way down if your interested as there ar etestimonies from witnesses and their addresses.
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