War games

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It is not surprising that during the First World War young boys would play at being soldiers.

The photograph shows George Jeffery playing soldiers in the backyard of his home at Rodd Road, Five Dock, about 1916. He was undoubtedly emulating his older brothers, Private Henry (Harry) Jeffery and Private Robert (Bob) Jeffery who served in the First World War. His brothers were not much more than boys themselves. Harry Jeffery first enlisted when he was 17 but was discharged due to pneumonia and being underage. He re-enlisted when he was 18. Bob was even younger. He was only 15 years and 8 months when he joined up.

Another photograph in our digital collection, ‘Canada Bay Connections’, shows the young son of the Grace family of Abbotsford House on his rocking horse apparently pretending to be a Light Horse soldier with an emu plume in his hat, ‘lance’ and flag.

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Posted on March 15, 2015, in Five Dock, More than just a name and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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