* An excerpt from a letter written by Oz from the trenches
"Dear Myrtle, I received your letter the day I was leaving Egypt for the front & must say I never enjoyed reading a letter so much before. It was so nice of you to write so soon dear especially as you did not know my address. It is a week ago today since we landed, & seems like a month. I suppose you are wondering how I am getting on. Well I am (A.I). Before we landed here I was wondering what kind of country we would be fighting in, I knew it was pretty hilly, but never imagined it half as rough as it is. I am in the trenches now trying to get Mr Turk to give me a shot at him, but he is pretty cunning and does not show himself too often. We are only about 200 yds from their trenches....."
Letters shared here were written by Private Ozbert Edwards of the 21st Australian Infantry Battalion to Miss Myrtle McCoughtry his future wife. They were written before, during and then after WWI while establishing his settler block at Red Cliffs VIC. Myrtle remained in Melbourne until their house was built. Letters shared here are part of a larger private collection generously shared with permission by Pam Shugg (granddaughter of Oz and Myrtle) and her family.