Historical information

John Lachlan McIntyre was born at Beeac, Victoria in December 1890. He enlisted in the 1st AIF in July 1915. John fought on the Western Front, taking part in the battles of Fromelles and the 2nd Battle of the Somme. He was severely wounded at Fromelles and spent 12 months in hospital in England before returning to the front. John returned home in 1919 and was granted a soldier settlement block in Lara in 1937. He was a founding member of Lara RSL and is its longest serving member. John died in 1990.

This letter was written by John and sent to his mother in 1918 on his journey through Belgium.


The McIntyre family were early pioneers in the Lara district, and the brothers were founding members of the Lara RSL. This letter represents a significant link to the history of the town and sub-branch.

Physical description

A brown envelope addressed to Miss J McIntyre. Within the envelope is a pack of 12 illustrated souvenir post cards.

Inscriptions & markings

Envelope: O.A.S. Tower of London. Miss J McIntyre. Elcho Lara lake, Australia, Victoria.

Rear of postcard pack:
December 27th 18

Dear Mother,
I arrived here yesterday. Spent Xmas day travelling across France. The trip took the best part of four days. We are up near Belgium. Had to go into Belgium to get a train. Will write when I get settled. Hoping you are all well. With best wishes for a happy new year. Jack.


Front of pack:
J. L. McIntyre
Xmas 1918

Souvenir de Charleroi-Belgium
12 cartes postales 12