Digital image of a postcard to Maie Bulluss from Harry Cousland, written during World War I. Maie was Harry's fiancee. The front of the postcard is a coloured photograph of soldiers on a road, one helping another light a cigarette.
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. Harry and Maie married after the war and welcomed three sons. He passed away in 1966; she lived to 100, passing away in 1998.
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Colourized photograph of three soldiers on muddy road, with trees and houses in the distance. They face each other as one lights a cigarette for another. The soldiers are wearing khaki uniforms, kits and helmets. Inscription below: '17. A "FAG" AFTER A FIGHT / OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH CROWN COPYRIGHT RESERVED'.
Digital image of coloured postcard.
Donation from Jill Cousland, 24/11/2014
Digital Still Image, Colour
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