Summary

Postcard featuring photograph of American stage and film actress Pearl White, written to Driver Claude Ewart during World War I, most likely in 1918, when he was in hospital recovering from wounds.

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.

Physical Description

Postcard featuring a black and white photographic portrait of a woman identified as Pearl White on the front and printed form and extensive hand-writing on back. The postcard has a red and white stamp featuring the profile portrait of King George V.

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