'I left the submarine ten days before she left Malta, and came up here in a merchant ship, only to hear of her fate when I arrived. It was the first trip I have missed in her since she was commissioned , so I suppose I may consider myself lucky. I would have told you all about it in my last letter , but it had not been announced officially.' (extract taken from Dinkum Oil : letters published in the Ballarat Courier during the Great War. by A. M.Taylor, available in Australiana Research Room, Ballarat Library.)
The Ballarat Courier also published another letter Reuben sent home describing life on board the submarine AE2 This letter, obviously written prior to the letter written above, could quite possibly be the letter he mentions in the above extract. The letter is reproduced below.
|Ballarat Courier 14 April 1915|