Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Ammo Box Holds Story of Two Soldiers

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Ammo Box Holds Story of Two Soldiers

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Byline: Michelle Gately

ONE small, wooden ammunition box holds a priceless snapshot of Australian history and Mark Roberts' ancestry.

In it are the handwritten letters, postcards and souvenirs of two young First World War soldiers.

But it was almost lost forever after being discovered under a bed in Biggenden.

Now, with the help of a government grant, the Emmaus College teacher is hoping to share his family's story with the world.

A relative found the box under a bed last year and was all set to take it to the tip when Mark's mother Lynette stepped in.

She took the box home, with no idea how many precious objects it contained.

There, Lynette discovered that the two young men, Alban, known as Ted, and William, were actually her great uncles.

Mark said it was a few months before his mother showed him the box.

When she did, Mark knew he couldn't let it go again.

Ted and William Marshall were living on a property between Biggenden and Gayndah when war broke out in 1914. …

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