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Kempsey Museum | Home and Away: Voices from WW1

discussion & readings

Kempsey Museum presents a talk by Mr Phil Lee and Dr Noeline Kyle.

In 1917, the number of soldiers lost to the war greatly impacted on the country town of Kempsey. Young men had marched eagerly to sign up and young women, anxious to serve overseas, had also joined. The first of these servicemen and women sailed in 1914, and by 1917 many deaths were recorded. Both soldiers and nurses were loath to write home about the horrors of the trenches but the few who did have left a poignant and dreadful reminder of the terrors of their time on the front lines of war-torn Europe.

In this talk, the ‘voices’of WW1 soldiers, nurses and families from Kempsey and the Macleay Valley will be heard as the presenters read from letters, newspaper reports and diaries, placing these texts into the context of the war’s progression and how the townspeople viewed these distant events.

This event is held as a part of the 2017 National Heritage Festival. For more information contact Kempsey Museum on (02) 6562 7572.