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Issue Details: First known date: 1923... 1923 The Hero
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Batson discovers that Clara Rixon has married his rival, the handsome and vivacious Henry Capes. Heartbroken, Batson enlists and goes off to war. Some months later, on the battlefield, Batson and Capes meet, just as their company is about to be ordered 'over the top'. When the time comes, Capes is seized with fear and is unable to leave the trench. Later, Batson takes the rap for Capes, so that he can save former love interest Clara from having to endure the disgrace of her husband's cowardice. Batson is then sent to Rouen military prison and his record is forever tainted. Upon his return to Australia, Batson learns that Clara has died. Some time afterwards, whilst reading a newspaper in a park, Batson discovers that Capes, now feted as a war hero, has remarried.

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    y separately published work icon The Sydney Mail 15 August 1923 Z1882617 1923 newspaper issue 1923 pg. 22-23
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