Short n Sweet Tweet

27

France 1.8.17

Dear Alice

Alls well, good weather and still spelling though moving about a good deal. Heard from Reg two days ago he was well.

Love Fred

As much as Alice would have loved a long descriptive letter, the arrival of this simple postcard would have still been extremely welcome. By August 1917 the news of Australian divisions taking a prominent role in the battle of Messines and the on-going saga of Third Battle of Ypres would have dominated the newspapers. Just knowing that Fred and Reg were ‘well’ would have been comforting news, although by the time Alice received the card in Australia some six to eight weeks later, the long lists of Australian casualties at Ypres were still growing.

Note the number 27 – many authors kept a record of their mail in and out, to be able to detect if any went missing.

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