Smiles and a smell [short story, 16 February 1918]

[Editor: A short story published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 2, 16 February 1918.] Smiles and a smell. The billet was a farm — one of those typical French farms, with the inevitable stagnant pool standing smellfully in the court-yard. Fortunately, after a bit King Frost sealed up the aroma, and we could […]

The White “Clinker” [short story, 16 February 1918]

[Editor: A short story published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 2, 16 February 1918.] The White “Clinker.” To-morrow, old man! There’s a place where to-morrows don’t exist. There’s no to-morrows there! No to-days, no Mondays, no Tuesdays, no Good Fridays nor bad Fridays, nor any days at all! When you touch gravel inside […]

Autobiography of a “Chat” [short story, 16 February 1918]

[Editor: A short story about a “chat” (a louse). Published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 2, 16 February 1918.] Autobiography of a “Chat.” All day an obsession of oncoming evil has oppressed me. The constant recurrence of fatalities of a revolting nature throughout my family of late has inspired me to anticipate death […]

The Aftermath [poem, 16 February 1918]

[Editor: A poem published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 2, 16 February 1918.] The Aftermath. Seek now thy heart and question which shall be, The deeper Hell of two which offer thee, The Hell of War that honour could not shun, Or that which goes with duty left undone. Hell, though it be […]

A Letter [poem, 16 February 1918]

[Editor: A poem published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 2, 16 February 1918.] A Letter. Somewhere in France, dear Mother — Somewhere I cannot tell — We are stoushing the Hun who we’re had on the run And making for home like Hell. There are eager, big boys from Aussie Doing their bit […]