Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

A Portion of John Cameron's Final Letter Hours before He Passed

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

A Portion of John Cameron's Final Letter Hours before He Passed

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PRIVATE John Cameron was stationed in Tobruk with the 2/19 Battalion Australian Infantry when he wrote this letter to his family on August 9, 1941:

"Well, here I am again, living more and more like a rat. I'm now in a position where a fellow isn't going to show his head above ground level of a daytime, for to do that only invites a Jerry sniper to have an open go at him.

"We are real night rats now, and I have only just had what I call breakfast at half past four in the afternoon, having rolled in just after daylight, after being up all night.

"I slept until about 3.30pm with my dugout covered well in to trick up the flies into thinking it was still dark. So now I have the rest of the daylight hours to myself and nothing better to do then catch up on my much neglected correspondence.

"As I write this Jerry is laying a few shells about. …

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