|Unlike now, there was a slender thread of communication between each theatre of war and the home front. Nowadays, soldiers ring their mother from the chopper airlifting them to MedVac.|
|Gallipoli and The Somme were unheard of prior to 1915. Those who waited at home received nothing for months on end. Basic materials for the task were not easy to come by.|
In June and July 1915 there was a paper shortage on Gallipoli, so the soldiers became quite inventive in their attempts to keep in contact with their families and friends. Sapper John Howes of the 3rd Light Horse Signal Troop was so keen to write home that he cut off a piece of his uniform sending it like a postcard.
|Each year, in early spring, I spend an afternoon in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. It is a sombre afternoon, with much shaking of head, wrinkling of brow, and heart-felt gratitude.|
|Note: These are my shots of the original image in the Australian War Memorial. The badge of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers I sourced here.|