Improvised postcard from Gallipoli

Accession Number RC02746
Collection number Postcard Collection (Australian postcards 1914-1918) 2/1/7
Collection type Published Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Measurement Overall: 9.5 x 13 cm
Object type Postcard
Place made Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Anzac Area (Gallipoli)
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Improvised postcard made from cardboard from a cigarette box. At Gallipoli paper was scarce, so men had to use what they could find in order to write to their loved ones. This Postcard is dated 13 June from Rest Gully at Anzac Cove. The postcard was sent by Thomas Curyer to Ruby Shanks of West Brunswick Victoria. Curyer served with the 14th Battalion at Gallipoli until 24 June when he was diagnosed with a severe case of enteric fever. He spent time in hospital before embarking for Australia on 5 September 1915. He was discharged medically unfit on 4 April 1916 and died on 7 November 1928 in South Australia.

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