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
17 February

1900 — Troops of the New South Wales Mounted Rifles formed part of major attack at PAARDEBERG, South Africa. This attack led to the surrender of GEN. Piet Cronje and 4000 of his troops. This was the last major action of the BOER WAR

1970 — 8 RAR and 1st Armoured Regiment were engaged in the Battle of LONG HAI, Vietnam. 8 RAR was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation including Cross of Valour with Palm Unit Citation by the South Vietnamese Government for this action.