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Newspaper Cutting - 'Gunner Clive Talbot', Geelong Advertiser, 24 Apr 1917 Document Reg. No: HT 36052

Summary:
Newspaper cutting from the Geelong Advertiser, Tuesday 24 April 1917, page 3, reporting on correspondence received from 'Gunner Clive Talbot' by his parents indicating that he is 'well' and has been in the 'firing line' for two years without seeing London. The cutting notes that he is a former student of Geelong Grammar.

From a collection of material associated with the World War I service of James Clive Talbot. Talbot was a 20-year-old grazier and wool classer from ?Yeo Vale?, Birregurra, Victoria, when he enlisted to fight in World War I on 2 April 1915 (service #1350). As part of the 24th Battalion he served in Gallipoli and on the Western Front. He was killed in action aged 22, on 22 September 1917 in Belgium (during in the Third Battle of Ypres). His father (perhaps both his parents) appears to have taken the unusual step of visiting his grave - out of the reach of many bereaved in Australia. They also placed a blackwood pulpit at the Birregurra Church of England, in memory of their son, who they knew as Clive. It is inscribed '...in loving memory of our beloved son and brother, James Clive Talbot, killed in action September 22nd, 1917, aged 22 years. He has fought a good fight, he has finished his work; he has kept the faith.'
Description:
Newspaper cutting, roughly cut at edges. Paper is browed, with some foxing.
Statement Of Significance:
The James Talbot mourning collection is of particular significance since it documents a set of personal effects from a son lost at war, including a tiny photograph and engraved medal presented to his bereaved parents, and his colour patch, buttons and badges. Importantly, it also includes a large certificate from Ypres Reservoir British Cemetery, Belgium, including cemetery images and Talbot?s details pasted into a box at the centre. (Further research may link this to his father?s visit to the cemetery.) It provides an important insight into the ways Australians memorialized the distant graves of their loved ones (discussed by Bart Ziino in A Distant Grief, and others).
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 28 mm (Height), 58 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: death mourning, world war i 1914-1918, certificates, memorials, service
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: publications
Inscriptions: Printed: 'Gunner Clive Talbot, an old Geelong / Grammarian, only son of Mr. and Mrs. / Talbot, of Birregurra, writing from / France by last mail states he is well. / He was 22 years of age yesterday, and / has been for two years in the firing / line, and has not had leave or seen / London yet.'
Person Named: Private James Talbot - Australian Imperial Force (AIF)
Place & Date of Event: France, 1917
Publisher: Geelong Advertiser, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 24 Apr 1917
Organisation Named: Geelong Grammar School
References: Bart Ziino, 2007. A Distant Grief: Australians, War Graves and the Great War. University of Western Australia Press.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/9500/YPRES%20RESERVOIR%20CEMETERY, accessed 3/1/2014.

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