Postcard featuring a photograph of 'The Mansion House, London', written by Driver Claude Ewart on 5 January 1918 to his aunt, while serving during World War I. The postcard was printed by Philco Publishing Co., and was series no. 4208. Mansion House was the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London.

Claude Harold Ewart, regimental number 6940, was born in Launceston, Tasmania, and was a 27-year-old driver when he enlisted in the Army on 14 August 1915. He embarked at Melbourne on the HMAT 'Wiltshire' on 18 November 1915. After three months in Egypt, he was shipped to Marseille, France, arriving 19 March 1916 and then moving to the front. On 17 February 1918 he was injured when kicked by a horse, and on 5 March 1918 he was admitted to the Military Hospital, Frensham Hill, suffering contusion of the elbow. On 31 July he was admitted to Sutton Veny Military Hospital suffering 'ICT' of the right elbow. He was discharged 29 September 1919 and worked as a storeman and, later in life, as a lift attendant, as many wounded veterans did. He died at the age of 57, in 1945.

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Postcard, hand-coloured, featuring a black and white photograph of 'The Mansion House, London', with horse-drawn and motorized vehicles passing. One double-storied bus advertises 'Philco' post cards. The reverse of the postcard is printed with the maker's logo 'PPC', a line down the centre and space for inscriptions and stamp. The postcard is heavily foxed and somewhat stained, and is worn at corners.

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