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
15 November

1899 — During the BOER WAR, Gen Botha’s troops wrecked an armoured train and captured 60 prisoners including journalist WINSTON CHURCHILL

1914 — HMAS SYDNEY and HMAS MELBOURNE finished escort duties with the “ANZAC” Convoy and proceeded to the WEST ATLANTIC where they patrolled the West Indies and the east coast of North America for 18 months

1944 — The Australian Government approved sending Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) members overseas. AWAS members went to LAE, New Guinea, and served in forward areas for the first time. Female nursing and  medical personnel were already in New Guinea