Summary

Field Service postcard post stamped 1st Australian Infantry Brigade Field Post Office (1st AUST. INF. BDE. FIELD P.O.) addressed to a Mrs M. Jones, 8 Hastings Rd, Hawthorn. It is date-stamped on the front 31 May 1919, and on the back date-stamped (in Victoria) 16 July 1915.

The 1st Infantry Brigade was part of the initial landing force at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey, on 24 April 1915, and comprised of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th battalions (NSW). While the sender of the card remains unknown, it was obviously mailed to Victoria through the Brigade's Field post office.

Physical Description

Field Service postcard post stamped 1st Australian Infantry Brigade Field Post Office (1st AUST INF BDE FIELD P.O) addressed to a Miss M. Jones, 8 Hastings Rd, Hawthorn. Post stamped on verso 'VICTORIA' with a series of printed sentences from which the sender can select, to ensure information is meeting wartime censorship requirements. Printed text at the verso top explains that additions to the already prepared lines will result in the postcard being destroyed.

Significance

This Field Service post card is sent from the 1st Australian Infantry Brigade post office and dated May 1915, a month after the Gallipoli landings in Turkey where this Brigade served. This document enhances our representation of military life, highlighting the culture of communication of soldiers on active duty.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Public Life & Institutions

  • Acquisition Information

    Purchase

  • Publisher

    Department of Defence, Australia, 1914

  • Recipient

    Mrs J Jones, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1915

  • Date Inscribed

    31 May 1915

  • Date Inscribed

    16 Jul 1915

  • Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, Place
    Possible place written

  • Inscriptions

    Printed on recto, ul corner: A.F.A. 2042/ 114/Gen. No./5248 Printed on recto, upper: FIELD SERVICE/ POST CARD Printed on recto, lh margin: The address only to be writ-/ ten on this side./ If anything else is added, the/ post card will/ be destroyed. Post stamped on recto, ur corner: 1ST AUST INF BDE FIELD P.O/ 31 May 1915. In pencil on recto: Miss M JONES/ 8 Hastings Rd/ Hawthorn/ Victoria/ Australia Printed on verso, upper: NOTHING is to be written on this side except/ the date and signature of the sender-/ Sentences not required may be erased./ If anything else is added the post card/ will be destroyed. Printed on verso, body: I am quite well./ I have been admitted to hospital/ sick and am going on well./ wounded and hope to be discharged soon./ I am being sent down to the base./ I have received your/ letter dated/ telegram "/ parcel "/ Letters follows at first opportunity./ I have received no letter from you/ lately/ for a long time./ Signature/ only./ Date/ Printed on verso, lower: (Postage must be prepaid on any letter or post card/ addressed to the sender of this card.) Post stamped on verso, across body: 16 JL 15 [illegible] VICTORIA [illegible]

  • Classification

    Military history, Service, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    History

  • Type of item

    Document

  • 2D

    13.5 mm (Width), 8.7 mm (Height)

  • Keywords

    Patriotism, Postcards, World War I, 1914-1918