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    “With heartstrings aching for the absent boy.”

    Harriett Blanche Edwards
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    Harriett Blanche Edwards, an extract from her poem on the loss of her son, Noel Edwards, 1918.

    Noel Edwards, a Bendigo engineer, was corporal in the 7th Battalion and was killed in action at Lone Pine, on 9 August 1915. The futility of his death was representative of the devastating loss of a generation, and the anguish visited on family and friends back home. Four years after the war, Noel’s mother expressed her acute grief through poetry.

    Image courtesy of trove http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/154173892.