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A Cruel and Desperate Man?

Eric Lionel Solomon (1892–?)

A fourth generation Tasmanian descended from the convict Joseph Solomon, Eric Lionel, bank clerk, member of the Wesleyan Church, and married with at least one daughter, enlisted to serve in December 1915.
Eric had no previous military training. He was allotted to the 24th Howitzer Brigade, and arrived in England in October 1916. He was promoted to Gunner Bombardier in September 1917, and then to the rank of Corporal. Through all this, Corporal Solomon did not see front line action until January 1918, when he was transferred to the 10th Field Artillery Brigade, 37th Battery. A month later, as the troops struggled through another cold wet winter in France, Eric developed trench fever. After treatment in France he was evacuated to England, then returned to Australia. He was discharged from the 6th Military District in March 1919.

The 6 inch howitzer was one of the British Empire's most important weapons in World War I. The photo shows the wooden spoked wheels fitted with 'girdles' to prevent them sinking in the mud.
The 6 inch howitzer was one of the British Empire's most important weapons in World War I. The photo shows the wooden spoked wheels fitted with 'girdles' to prevent them sinking in the mud.

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