- Julia Walter travelled to the Western Front in Europe with the bugle that belonged to her great-great uncle, Private Reuben Wolfe.
"Private Reuben Joseph Wolfe
Thank you for sharing your story.
You really are my great-great-uncle.
Lots of love Julia Walter".
Being shown items that once belonged to Private Reuben Joseph Wolfe, of the 9/40th Battalion, were a great inspiration for his great-great-niece, Julia Walter, a student at Calvin Christian School, in Tasmania.
Julia never knew her great-great-uncle Reuben but forged a greater connection with the former World War One soldier by researching him for the Frank MacDonald Study Tour in 2014 which visited the battlefields of France and Belgium. Julia was also able to view some of his possessions.When preparing for the tour, Julia decided to take Private Wolfe's bugle and play the Last Post while in France.
Each member of the Frank MacDonald Study Tour is required to do a presentation at the soldier's grave. Julia who enjoys drama and the performing arts decided to do a performance and play the bugle. Tour member Mark Green said Julia provided a "mesmerising presentation".
Private Wolfe was born in Tullah, Tasmania, and enlisted on 6 October 1917 with the 9/40th Battalion and served in France.
A number of Private Wolfe's family members wrote messages on memorial crosses for Julia to place in France to mark Reuben Wolfe's service during World War One.
Reuben Wolfe died in 1967 at the age of 72 and is buried in the Carr Villa Cemetery, Launceston.
Find out more about Private Reuben Joseph Wolfe by viewing his war service records at the National Archives of Australia.