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(c) Pauline Downing 2015
My family was decimated by the loss of its male relatives through both war and bureaucracy. Grandfather fought at Gallipoli and most of the other theatres of WWI and while on leave in England came to love and marry my grandmother. Just before Christmas 1919 she emigrated to Australia on board the same troop ship as her soldier husband and many of our returning troops. Australian soldiers brought back more than 12,000 war brides after World War 1.