Hardwick Letter - 18 August - Rear

I have got a firing? party and have to attend the burials to give the poor chaps the last honours. Everything points to us going away in a few days and we hear we are going to force a new landing so expect to get it a wee bit rough. However we are very fit and will keep up the reputation of Australia. I have been very busy these last few days between bringing prisoners of war from the station at Cairo?, and attending to the burials, I am expecting to hear from George as he should have got my letter. I think I told you that I got a letter from France from Fred ?

Bottom of pp 1,2,3: Should you want to do anything regarding my affairs if the occasion arise write to M Sullivan Solicitor Leongatha. Eddie would understand, he is a very trustworthy man and reliable we are both belonging to the same Masonic Lodge.

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but there was very little in it. I got a couple of letters from my May last mail she is anxiously awaiting news that you have received the photos. She has knitted and sent me four lovely pairs of socks. They are just lovely the best we ever had and they are just what we want with the marching we have to do and they don't wear out like the jolly things we get issued with. She is a wonderful girl she can do anything at all, she very good at oil and? Her? paintings she recites? lovely and as a cook lve never struck? better and she is clever at anything she likes to do, she has done quite a lot of work for the soldiers she puts very near all her time sewing or knitting something

Bottom of pp 1,2,3: Should you want to do anything regarding my affairs if the occasion arise write to M Sullivan Solicitor Leongatha. Eddie would understand, he is a very trustworthy man and reliable we are both belonging to the same Masonic Lodge.