Prisoner of War Kriegsgefangen
It is not your turn for a letter but I will just have to miss writing to someone as I got a letter dated 3 Sept & a card some date in August which was very pretty indeed. I get your letters more regularly than any others so I think you deserve most of mine in return. I have got an album & I want some old home scenes to fill it. There are evidently some letters missing between the card in August & the letter 3rd Sept. You mention about your mother going out to see Hilda & the new baby. This is a pleasant surprise to me as I have not heard before of the new baby. You do not say whether it is a boy or a girl. I was very pleased to hear that you took your part at the concert so well. You say you felt very nervous; well I know that feeling I remember the first time I sang at South Street before an audience of about 4 thousand. I could have dropped through the floor but once you get started you feel alright. You say you often sit & wonder what I am doing & wonder if I have changed. Well all I can say as far as getting old I am not looking a day older although I feel it. I had a photo taken but tore it up as it might frighten you but I intend to have it taken again. How I long to be with you again dearest, it is the hardest part of the lot being so long away from you, but I have consolation of knowing you are true blue & I just love you for it & all your sweet letters bring us very close together. I must close now sweetheart with fondest love.
xxxxxx Yours ever xxxxxxx Ozzie
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.