Queen's Quarterly

Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly

Trooper 519

Mary Clare Terrill

Winter 2020 - Trooper 519

 

 

Carefully opening the linen cover of the pocket-sized journal, I examine the tiny lined pages that threaten to escape their binding. Recorded in brief dates and phrases, outlining the action or inaction of each day, is the fighting, looting, and conquering of Boer territory, as told by my great-grandfather, Austin Moss. Within these pages, I begin to identify the tiny threads, mere impressions, of Austin’s life becoming apparent. Amidst the fighting, Austin’s daily existence largely revolves around marching great distances, reportage of the weather – which seems to have two modes, torrential rain or unbearable heat – the scarcity of provisions, and the anticipation of receiving mail …


Bio:

A Canadian-Australian writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, Mary Clare Terrill has a Master of Teaching and a graduate certificate in creative writing from the University of Melbourne. Her work in the June 2020 edition of the Canadian literary magazine Blank Spaces is featured in the magazine’s 2020 anthology. More information can be found at @maryclarewriter on Twitter and Instagram or maryclarewriter.com.