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Posted 25 April 2019 - 05:21 PM
Like most amateur historians, I suspect, I spent some time today in Trove. There was a pretty lengthy letter I found a while ago recounting the Gallipoli landing, and I wanted to correct the text.
I originally found it when looking for family links, as the young man mentions my great great uncle in part of the text.
Anyway I was glad to find out that the man who wrote it managed to survive the entire war, and came home to start a family. I didn't find a tree for him on Ancestry, so I made a small one on Wikitree after finding out various bits and pieces.
Thought I would share a link here for anyone who wants to have a read, either the letter itself, describing April and May of 1915 from the perspective of a young man with the signallers who landed at Gallipoli, or my little summary.
He also mentions a number of colleagues who were killed in a shelling where he escaped with his life on 27 April 1915. I might do a bit of research into them as well, particularly one young sapper who had a brother that also died in the war. So sad.
Letter from Corporal (later Lieutenant) Robert Hunter to his family:
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