• Malcolm Seddon

Army / Flying Corps

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  • Birth

    Melbourne VIC, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Stories and comments
    • News from "Doc" Seddon
    • Posted by blacksmith, Sunday, 18 November 2018

    “Doc” Seddon's latest letter to Mr E. Copeland, secretary Collingwood Football Club, shows him still in the thick of the fighting. Writing from “Somewhere in France' he says: - 'Just a line to let you know I am doing all right. The weather here is wet and cold, and it won't be long before the snow is about. I have not seen Paddy Rowan or Jim Jackson since I have been in France, but I hear they are doing all right. Harry Mathieson and Sam Mortimer are in the same division as myself. I often see them over here, they are both doing well, and have each got a commission. Since my last letter to you I have had the luck to be made a gay corporal. I suppose you have heard by this that we have been on the Somme Front, but at present we are out for a spell. It was a pretty hot shop. A good deal worse than following four hard quarters. By he way, we started football here, and in the first match I surprised myself by following the four quarters, but I can tell you I was climbing steps at the finish.I captained our side, and we got beat by a goal. I don't think there will be any more, as the weather is too bad I got word today, that Walter Raleigh was about five miles from here, so if the weather permits, I will ride over and see him tomorrow. I have not met him since he left Australia. Had a game of cricket about three weeks ago, went in first wicket down, and ran myself out first ball; but in bowling captured eight wickets for seven runs. One chap on the other side was deucedly lucky, he played one with his hand instead of his bat. It smashed his hand, but he got a trip to Bonny England out of it. I would take one on the hand every day in the week for that. We are at present, living in dug outs, quite safe from Fritz's shells. A man can sit and laugh at them bursting in comfort. We have started to get our leave to England, my turn comes some time in November, the sooner the better, as 10 days in the Old Dart won't be hard to take after this. Remember me to all the boys.” Winner, Wednesday 29 November, 1916.