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
26 March

1917 — First Battle of GAZA began. This was the first Allied attempt to capture this major Turkish centre 32km inside the border of PALESTINE. Two Australian Light Horse Brigades, the ANZAC Mounted Division, and the Imperial Camel Corps were involved in the battle

1917 — CAPT P. CHERRY, a GALLIPOLI veteran, won a Victoria Cross at LAGNICOURT, France. Despite facing strong opposition, Cherry organised machine-gun and bombing parties to progress his company’s attack after all of the Officers became casualties. He was killed during this action. The Victoria Cross and the Military Medal he had won earlier were presented posthumously. There were 1010 Australian casualties, including 300 taken prisoner in this battle