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
JUNE 1-3 – MERRIS SECTOR
Battalion in line. Preparations being made for co-operation by 10th Battalion in minor operation to be carried out by 11th Battalion on night of 2nd/3rd. On night of 2nd/3rd operation was carried out and flanks were pushed forward. Three enemy machine guns and 21 prisoners were captured by platoon on right flank and 5 machine guns and 10 prisoners by platoon on left flank. Lieutenant F.E. Rice and 2nd Lieutenant H.L. Cleworth, and Regimental Sergeant Major E.A. Holland were wounded during the operation. Continue Reading »
13 June 1918 p7
GERMAN COLONIES: PLEA FOR RETENTION.
LONDON, June 11. In view of the opening of the Imperial Conference in London the Royal Colonial Institute has passed a resolution urging, in the interests of the Empire and the native races, that none of the former German possessions overseas should be restored to Germany. (For Australia this means the Territory of New Guinea). Continue Reading »
Nucleus reserve (inc C.O.) remained at old Camp; rest of Bn. marched out at 7.45 a.m. halting at Daours from about 10 a.m. to 9 pm. Coys moved off at 9 p.m. A, B, D & C with 50 yds interval between posts, and 20 mins between Coys. “D” Coy relieved “C” Coy 31st Bn – Coy Hdqrs very nice & comfortable. Coy in front of Hamel; trenches &c good. Coy Hdqrs is a glorious cellar, nicely fitted up with tables, beds, kerosine lamps, flowers &c &c. Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
We have had the most anxious week that we have spent for nearly four years….We try to hope that the worst is over – certainly the advance is somewhat slower, and certainly the Germans expected to be in Paris and Calais by now, but there is no doubt that they will strain every nerve and sacrifice anything to achieve that before the promised American help arrives.
It is Fraulien Ludicke’s birthday and the pension is asked to tea with her. Continue Reading »
June 15th 1918.
My dearest Mother.
I got back from my leave on the 7th and since then have had 3 letters from you, also papers & all the parcels you have sent. It was very nice getting your letters just as I came back and as usual the parcels were much enjoyed. The small cake you made Maw was very nice & I’m glad to have the emu feathers from home.
… I went on leave with Addison & Sutherland and we only had 2 days in Cairo & then went on to Alex. Continue Reading »
6 June Thursday
Left Weymouth at 6 AM this morning arrived Liverpool at 4.30 P.M Went on board ship, had the pleasure of eating white bread. quite a luxury. after so long on rotten tucker.
8 June Saturday
Left Liverpool at 9 AM a convoy of 5 transports 8 destroyer American the place is infested with submarines and a vigalent watch is kept. Continue Reading »