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An Anzac's voice lives on nearly a century after his death

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 04 Mrt 2015 18:26    Onderwerp: An Anzac's voice lives on nearly a century after his death Reageer met quote

Anzac voice: A soldier's recording lives on at the Australian War Memorial nearly a century after his death

The voice of a young Anzac who was killed in France in 1916 lives on in a recorded message he sent his family for Christmas.

Twenty-four-year-old Private Henry Miller Lanser recorded his letter on a hand pressed shellac disc in late 1914 or early 1915 at the Cairo studio of Armenian businessman Setrak Mechian.

He was training in Egypt with the First Australian Infantry Battalion in the lead up to the Gallipoli landing.
Lanser's disc 'the only one of its kind'

Private Henry Miller Lanser sailed to Egypt with the First Australian Infantry Battalion in October 1914 and was killed in France in 1916.



"He speaks very much as though he were in the room with the family," Mr Fletcher said.

"He speaks quite clearly, which is nice, but there's none of that informality that you would get in a modern recording."

Private Lanser began his three-and-a-half minute recorded letter by greeting his "dear" mother and father, and Ethel, Beattie and Basil.

"This is rather a novelty to come to Australia this way," he said.

"But here I am, can't see and can't be seen or welcomed in the usual way with a hug or a kiss."

He spoke about the training which was getting "heavier every day" and wished his family "a real, jolly good Christmas".

He signed off with "goodbye and good luck".

The Lanser disc is the only known recorded letter made by an Australian soldier during WWI and is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world.

A missing chunk indicates it may have been dropped at some time.

But the AWM has been able to copy the original recording from the metal master disc, which had also been sent to Private Lanser's family.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 04 Mrt 2015 18:56    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Wow wat is dit mooi. Zeker als je weet dat hij ongeveer een jaar of anderhalf erna is overleden aan de Somme, dat maakt het ook beetje wrang. Want normaal heb je er dan geen stemmen bij, hooguit hun dagboeken.

Volgens mij moet het gaan om deze militair.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/290506/LANSER,%20HENRY%20MILLER

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