Digital image of a postcard to 'Harry' from 'Lizzie', possibly his sister. 'Harry' was Hans Harry Cousland. The front of the postcard is a cartoon-style image of four dancing servicemen, holding hands in a circle - allegorical figures representing national armies.
Part of a collection of material relating to the World War I military service of Hans Harry Cousland. Harry was a 21-year-old labourer from Port Melbourne when he enlisted to serve in World War I in 1915. He was wounded on 26 August 1916, recovered and returned to the front. There he was promoted then wounded again on 14 January 1917, receiving a gunshot wound in his left forearm which severed his ulnar nerve and caused a compound fracture of his left radius. He was operated on but his wound healed incorrectly with on-going nerve damage, and he was left with 'total incapacity' of his arm. He returned to Australia on 31 December 1917 on the hospital ship Themistocles and discharged medically-unfit in August 1918.
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Coloured image of four dancing servicemen, holding hands in a circle. One with a brown uniform looks cheerfully at the viewer. Inscription below: 'If we die to-morrow, We're living to-day - / So let's be Merry & Bright".'
Digital image of coloured postcard.
Donation from Jill Cousland, 24/11/2014
Digital Still Image, Colour
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