Slept in hay sheds

Dear Mr Williams,

Just a card to let you know that we have arrived in France safely. We are billeted in Farm houses & slept in hay sheds. All day & night the guns are booming but you get quite used to them. Can’t send you any other news at present. We are all well so far, hope you are the same.

From Stan.

This postcard depicts one of the most well-used images of urban destruction from early in the war. It is of the church in Albert, a town within shelling range of the Germans frequently passed through by Australian troops as they marched to and from the Somme Battlefields. The statue of Mary and Child hung precariously for a long period of time, and as such it was given the nickname ‘Fanny’ after Australian Olympic champion swimmer Fanny Durack, due to it appearing like a swimmer diving at the start of a race.

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