George Alfred Newburn: A soldier of the First World War

His name was George Alfred Newburn, a labourer from Victoria who was killed during the Battle of Hill 70 in France on Aug. 15, 1917. He was just 18 years old, although Newburn would have you believe he was 20. For almost a century, Private Newburn was listed as missing in action. Then one...
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