Winnie & Violet

There were around 200 men in the 27th Battalion with the name George, making identification of the writer of these cards difficult to ascertain. Perhaps Winnie & Violet knew each other, but they both received almost a carbon copy of the same card, written just one day apart.

Trenches, Somewhere in France, May 24th 1916

Dear Winnie,

Just a postcard this time to let you know I received your number 12 and 13 letters and the photo you sent, very pleased with. Its glad you are in the best of health as myself at present. Haven’t had my photo taken yet but first opportunity I will and you will be the first one to receive it. The rain must have been alright in Adelaide after all the dry and hot weather. Well dear Winnie the 27th are in the trenches again, we only had eight days rest which was a very nice change after six weeks in the trenches. The six weeks rest is right off at present. I think there must be something doing in the next few days, that is why the rest has been put off. Theres only five or six more of the 27th been wounded up to date. Will write to you again the first opportunity, so will say goodbye for the present. With best wishes and love thick as ever. George.

 

Trenches, Somewhere in France, May 25th 1915

Dear Violet,

Just a postcard to let you know I received you M 17 and 18 letters and very pleased with your photo which I received about six days ago, glad you are the best of health as myself at present. Haven’t seen anything of you Cousin Harry in France yet but suppose he is here somewhere for I think all the Australians are coming over this way. The rain must have been alright after the hot and dry weather in Adelaide. Wish you could send over a little of fine weather for it has started to rain again here. Well it is always raining when the 27th are moving in or out of the trenches. We are back in the trenches again after eight das out resting which was a change after six weeks in there. The six weeks rest is off for a time there are going to be something doing in a few days so will write the first opportunity. Will say goodbye for present, with fondest love, George.

For more information on the 27th Australian Infantry Battalion https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/U51467

Two pre-war views of the French town Amentieres

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