Album of memories contains Tweed soldier’s ANZAC story

AN ALBUM of letters, photographs and postcards recounting one Tweed soldier's World War I experience is now on display at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah.  

Trooper Harry Salmon of Uki served in the 12th Light Horse Regiment between July 1915 and October 1919. Museum Curator Kirsty Andrew said Harry Salmon took many extraordinary photographs while serving in Egypt and the Middle East.  

"Some depict the mundane activities of camp life, where others are confronting, documenting the carnage of battles in Palestine, Gaza and Beersheba," Ms Andrew said.  

"The Australian sense of humour is sprinkled throughout the letters and typified by one of my favourite examples - the name of Trooper Salmon's horse, Sardines - who stars in a number of photographs in the album.  

"Almost all Trooper Salmon's letters are lovingly addressed to his mother," she said.  

"In one dated September 1918, he mentions an olive wood box purchased in Jerusalem, which he promises to send home as soon as he can find some wrapping."  

The album of photos and correspondence, along with Harry Salmon's medals, were donated by Roy Salmon on behalf of the Salmon family and are now at the Museum as part of the exhibition Fragments: remembering WWI.  

Fragments also features the story of the Rice brothers from Burringbar, as well as diaries, memorabilia and correspondence belonging to a number of other soldiers with a connection to the Tweed.  

Ian Fox from the Burringbar RSL sub-Branch said he had researched the service history of Sylvester, Henry, Edward, David and Robert Rice.  

"During last year's ANZAC Day ceremony, as the 132 names of those from the district who served in the First World War were read out, it was apparent that five members of one family served their country and three of those five were killed in action," Mr Fox said.  

The Burringbar RSL sub-Branch has since researched the WWI service of the five Rice brothers extensively. Their story will be presented by Mr Fox as part of this year's ANZAC Day ceremony at Burringbar.  

Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah will be open from 10am - 4pm on ANZAC Day, Monday 25 April. The stories of Trooper Harry Salmon and the Rice brothers will be on display until Friday 29 April.


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