Marchands d'oranges postcard. Frank to Mary Walker (14 May 1915)

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Marchands d'oranges postcard. Frank to Mary Walker (14 May 1915).

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On 14 May 1915, Frank wrote to Mary - Dear Mary, I suppose you are anxious on my account after reading the papers of the doings by Australians here. I've had a strenuous time of it and hope the worst is over. You will know by the papers who have fallen much better than I've heard here. W. Hamilton is still going strong, but haven't seen anything of Frank Pool for two (?) days. Am feeling A. I. at present & hope all at home are the same. I sent you a Turkish sword by a middy & hope you receive it, its rather a stumpery(?) affair but has a bit of a history. No more at present as this is all the writing tablet I possess at present. Love to all from Frank. F Pool has been wounded in left leg - pass on to all friends.

On 5 April 1915 Frank embarked from Alexandria for the Gallipoli Campaign. He was part of the second wave of landings on 25 April 1915 at what is now known as Anzac Cove. Frank was promoted to Corporal on 1 May 1915. Five days later, on 6 May 1915, the 2nd Brigade (including the 7th Battalion) were transferred 20 kilometres south to Cape Helles. They were to assist the British forces during the Second Battle for Krythia (or Krithia) on 6-8 May 1915. The 7th Battalion suffered heavy casualties as a result of this battle. Frank was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) on 1 January 1918 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, taking part in several engagements, and at all times setting a fine example of courage and determination. Image: Frank Walker (1883-1953). Courtesy of Trevor Kelly (Australia).

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Marchands d'oranges postcard. Frank to Mary Walker (14 May 1915)


First Names:Frank
Last Name:Walker
Date of Birth:1883
Place of Birth:Australia
Year:1915