Prisoner of War Kriegsgefangen
Although I have nothing to talk about I am not going to miss the chance of writing to you. I got such a nice long letter from Hilda about a week ago; the second since in Germany. I was very pleased to get it as I thought I she had forgotten me altogether. She says little Oz is getting on fine & will soon be called up for military service. She is sending me his photo. I would just love to see him. I won’t be able to make it out when I get home and have someone call me Uncle Oz. I hope he will have an Auntie Myrtle also.
Fancy I have been fourteen months in this country now I only wish to goodness this lot would finish I am terribly tired of it all. I am just longing for the day to come when I can get back to you dear. The only thing is to try to forget & then how happy I will be when the day does come. It is no use worrying as it does(nt) make things any brighter so please take my advice to yourself & don’t worry. Hilda said in her letter that she thought a certain person was worrying at times. All will come right in time & then think of the gay times we will have together. I often think on try to imagine the day when I land on the old Port Melbourne pier. I think I will go mad that day so be ready with a big cage in case I do. Well dearest you will be getting tired of prattle of mine, so I will say au revoir with fondest love from yours ever Ozzie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Kind regards to all at home.
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.