A Family’s Heartbreak


cuttings from The Advertiser, Monday 20 July 1942

cuttings from The Advertiser, Monday 20 July 1942


DESCRIPTION: two cuttings from The Advertiser newspaper, dated Monday 20 July 1942 about Gunner Robert Hannaford missing in Rabaul
DATE: 20 July 1942
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: this was an item that was in one of Evelyn Hannaford (nee Randell)’s diaries, and daughter Anthea Phillips (nee Hannaford) is the current caretaker of these
STORY/ABOUT: It’s my belief that anyone who hasn’t experienced the pain and horror of war either by being in the battlefield or as family of someone who has, we can’t truly understand the pain involved. So when I realised that my great grandparents would have read that their younger son was ‘missing’ in the newspaper it is heartbreaking, and yet I know what I feel is nothing compared to what they would have. As in a later newspaper article dated 16 October 1942 Robert was confirmed as a casualty.
My grandpa Cecil Hannaford lost his little brother. My great grandparents Ralph and Dorothy lost a son. But it took 10 months for then to find out. That would have been the longest 10 months of their life. He wanted to serve his country so much so that he put his age up just to get in. He fought for his country. He died for his country.

2 Responses to “A Family’s Heartbreak”

  1. Ali says:

    Well written! Very glad we don’t have to go through this! x

  2. Sharon says:

    I could feel the emotion Alona. Very well written.

    Yes it is hard to imagine the anguish and hope over that 10 months, which would have seemed so much longer.

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