This webpage contains a series of Post Cards that my Grandfather George Muston sent to Nellie Smith during his time overseas during WW1 from June 1916 until he returned on April 3rd 1919 on HMAT A11 Ascanius.
These letters are not full of information about the war as the censors had to read each one. The more interesting ones would have been the ones he received from Nellie but he burnt them after reading twice as he describes here. Nellie also burnt a lot of his letters in the backyard after he died. My mother described finding her out there crying as she threw them into the incinerator. Interestingly she left one for us to find and it is well worth a read. It was from his cousin Sadie in Canada. Link here.
The first card that George sent to Nellie was sent from Freemantle dated 12th June 1916, the day before he sailed to England on the Wandilla (below). He left Melbourne on June 6th 1916. His brother Alf sailed from Melbourne on the HMAT A34 Persic on the 3rd of June 1916.
Below is a photo of the troop ship HMAT A62 Wandilla at the docks in Melbourne on the day it sailed with lots of soldiers in the foreground, George was likely among them.
Service records can be found here: https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ListingReports/ItemsListing.aspx
We need people to transcribe these cards and send the text to me in a text file. Can you help ?