Jack Harris' unsent Christmas message to his mother

Historical note: 

This Christmas message was recovered from Jack Harris' body after the Battle of Lone Pine along with his identity disc. The personal effects were sent to his family back in Sydney.

 

To my Dear Mother

Wishing her a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year

From Jack Harris

Materials: 
papers
Category: 
Diaries and personal papers
Themes: 
Personal story
Conflict: 
First World War
Location: 
Lone Pine
Story: 
Jack Harris
Production Date: 
1915

On this day

On this day
24 May

1915 — A six hour cease-fire was arranged at GALLIPOLI to enable both sides to recover their dead and wounded

1966 — PTE E. NOACK was killed in Vietnam and became the first National Serviceman to die in the Vietnam War

1968 — Fire Support Base (FSB) BALMORAL was attacked by two battalions of North Vietnamese troops. 3 RAR troops, assisted by Centurion tanks, fought off the attack

1969 — WO Class 2 K. PAYNE, a veteran of Korean and Malayan campaigns, won a Victoria Cross for his courage in covering the withdrawal of troops and then returning to locate and recover casualties, while part of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam