A World Away – South Australia’s War
When war broke out a world away in Europe, South Australians could not have imagined how it would impact their lives. A World Away documents the experiences of South Australians in their own words – through diaries, letters and newspapers – and in real time, 100 years after the events. Come on a journey with us, month by month, as we delve into the lives of South Australians on the front lines and the home front during the First World War.
In their own words
1 Sept 1917 p8
LETTERS FOR PRISONERS OF WAR
Correspondence addressed to prisoners of war in Germany should be as brief as possible, not more than one sheet written on both sides. That is the maximum allowed by Germany. It should only deal with personal and family matters. Clear writing, typewriting if possible, will have the best chance of reaching the destination. Letters should be posted unsealed, Continue Reading »
I was ordered to report at Orderly room at 9.30 a.m. in full marching order…We were to proceed to a Heavy Bridging School at Aire-sur-Lys…Most of the men are N.C.O’s & all Dinkum Anzacs…Our billets are barges on the canal. They are nicely fitted up with bunks & tables. It is a great change to get away from our recent monotonous life of parades & other frightfulness… Continue Reading »
1 Sep 1917
Upon arrival from line (2 a.m.) had really enjoyable hot meal of good old steak. Up at 9 a.m. after breakfast. Coy. at baths from 10.45 to 12 noon. Battn. left Camp at 2.30 p.m. and en-bussed at 3 p.m. arriving at village (Hondeghem) near Hazebrouck…
4 Sep 1917
…Battn. left billets near Hondeghem … arrived at Matringhem at about 4 p.m. & marched to billets at Seule’s (‘D’ Coy), and Lugy (balance of Bttn). Continue Reading »
I have just met Frau Jaeger at the station, had supper with her, and we sat on and gossiped over the last month.
…she tells me that she had not heard from me for a week, and thought something was wrong. My letters are certainly being held back again Continue Reading »
Ellis & I were out on patrol\on 12A’s/ over the Yeomanry near ESANI & BEERSHEBA. Two Huns came along, a 2 seater & an Albatross Scout. We were above them so chased them. Ellis dived on the Scout first & then I took him on & got on his tail. We had 3 rounds & he hit me in the face. I turned for home and did 110 MPH all the way & landed safely. Continue Reading »
A very rough wet day making preparation for departure, left Ghyvelde at 7. P M has a lovely moon lit trip. still on the road at 12 midnight
arrived at Nord-Peene at 4.30 a.m covering 35 kilometers turned out at 6 AM from stables and had to wait until 12 noon before we had anything to eat, during that time I slept. first for 28 hours. Continue Reading »