Athol Adams was shot four times in the first ten days of the Gallipoli campaign.
“All the wounds have healed up wonderfully,” he assured his mother in May 1915. “And I'll be as good as ever in a few days.”
The 20 year old had enlisted in August 1914 and would often write to his mother, Adah, in Melbourne.
With one son already away at war, and another determined to go, she was busy doing everything she could to aid the war effort, and would treasure Athol’s letters.
He never told her about the horrors of war, or the fears that he had, but wrote of his everyday life as a soldier.