Field Service Post Card sent by Private John Doolan, Royal Dublin Fusiliers to his mother in December 1917

Field Service Post Cards were an attempt by the Army Postal Service to curb problems of censorship. Known as Army Form A2042, the buff-coloured postcard has a series of messages that could be erased or kept as appropriate. The soldiers were not allowed to write anything on it apart from their name and date. If anything else was written on it, the postcard was destroyed.

Although not the most personal of messages to receive from the Front, the postcards conveyed essential information about the sender's well-being without the need for the card to be censored. Because there was usually no need to scrutinise the cards, they travelled through the postal system more quickly than most other types of military mail and were therefore known as "Wizz-bangs'.

This example was sent by John Doolan to his mother in December 1917. John was a Private in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, machine gun corp.

Collection holder:
Europeana 1914 - 1918
Collection description:
Military field service post card. Sent to his mother December 1917.
Date:
1917-12-17
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