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Pte. Alfred John Haynes

Australian Infantry Battalion 36th Battalion

from:East Maitland

The Manning Valley Historical Society has published a book based on over 200 postcards sent by Alf Haynes over the years 1916 to 1919 tracing his life during this period including training at Lark Hill, transport to Britain and service in France. They are a graphic record of one man's war and include references to being buried alive at Passchendaele and the breaking up of the Battalion. There are letters also from a French girl sponsored by Alf to come to Australia to meet up with her soldier boyfriend. Unfortunately when she arrived she found that he was already married!!

The book "Postcards from the Front - Still Going Strong" is available via the Society's website.

Margaret Clark











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