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My Family Story - Karl Klenner's Journey to Sling Camp

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My Family Story - Karl Klenner's Journey to Sling Camp

We had a rough time of it that night, there wasn't enough blankets to go round and a lot of the boys did not even get a rest. My mate and I huddled in a corner, but we couldn't sleep it was too cold. When we got up about seven o'clock out feet were like lead - the feeling had absolutely left them. This is a hard camp we thought. Trentham was bad enough but Sling is fifty times harder than that.

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My Family Story - Killed in Action, by Rev. Rutherford Waddell

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My Family Story - Killed in Action, by Rev. Rutherford Waddell

"We read of war even in Heaven. The whole cosmos needs to be cleansed. It is not everyone who is fit to be a soldier in the Invisible.... It is from this point of view that we should regard the passing hence of our sons. They are reinforcements for the Armies of Light in some other part of the field."

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Object - Letters from John Leo O'Keefe, 1916

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Object - Letters from John Leo O'Keefe, 1916

Local man John Leo O'Keefe went away to war in May 1916, and came home three years later to the month in May 1919. He sent letters home to his sister, Lena of Palmerston North, some of which are shown here. These letters were donated by Viv and Des O'Keefe as part of the My Family Story project, along with a photograph of their father in the trenches at the battle of Le Quesnoy.

"At Sea
October 1916

Dear Lena,
Just a few lines to let you know that I am still alive + well. We are having a good trip though the weather is getting cold again now.

Salisbury
Thursday October 1926
[unsigned]"



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