Postcard - Hurdcott Camp

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Postcard, World War I troop titled Hurdcott Camp, humorous, dealing with life in military camp, sent by F.J. Mouland.
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135 x 82mm
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Pulp board with green printing ink recto and indelible pencil. Verso black printing ink.
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This postcard contains a poem about Hurdcott Camp on the Salisbury Plain in southern England, the location of Commonwealth soldier training camps during World War 1.

Handwritten on the reverse are the words: ‘I think this card fully explains itself. It is quite true.’

Th card is part of a collection relating to the World War 1 and 2 service of Francis James Mouland, and the World War 2 service of Ellen Margaret Mouland nee Swan. Francis James Mouland enlisted in 1917, returning to Queensland in 1919 after active service in France. Two of his three brothers also served in the War; the Mouland family was one of the fortunate ones where all sons returned home, having survived the War. Francis went on to join the Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC) in World War 2, and his wife Ellen joined an Air Raid Precautions team (ARP) as an Air Raid Warden.
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