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
Sat 4 Aug 1917 p9
THE GREAT TRAFFIC STRIKE: THE MOVEMENT SPREADING BUT NOT YET GENERAL
NO GOODS TRAINS RUNNING
Sydney, August 3
The latest development in the strike took place this afternoon, when the fuelmen at the Sydney Central Depots ceased work. This adds a decidedly serious aspect to the situation. Continue Reading »
During the night Fritz sent over about 12 shells of heavy calibre from a long range gun, the target being Hazelbrouck. Some damage was done, a number of civilians cleaned out, some of whom sheltered at the farm at Wallon Cappel. Our boys leant lent them their blankets. It has been officially announced that the 3rd Battle of Ypres began yesterday, after weeks of heavy bombardment, hitherto unprecedented in the war to date.
Set off for work today carrying material to erect baths. Arriving at our destination we discovered that the “Army Practical Joke Department” was at work. Continue Reading »
… Lecture at Doulien at 6 p.m. by an Artillery Major on “Heavy Artillery” – fairly interesting…Northern offensive going well in spite of rain.
… Interview with C. E. W. Bean at B. H. Qrs in afternoon re Noreuil & Messines. C. O. left for London leave. Received letter from Mona. Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
I went to the Dutch Consul yesterday. He has put me on the list of civil prisoners here, so that if the pass is again refused, I can depend on getting money that way. In the mean time I am getting on through selling a variety of things that I really don’t need – an oven, a gas-ring, a hall-stand, a sofa-cover, and so on. Continue Reading »
Spent my first day at pits today, and NEIUPORT [Nieuport] which is close to us is completely wrecked, this is a bad fighting front being very marshy, and full of canals which are bad obsticals to contend with under modern warfare where so much haulage has to be done in removing the Artillery pieces about. It has been raining since last night, almost a continuous rain
Was awakened very rudely this morning at 9 A M by the bombardment put up for the raid which took place, Continue Reading »