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
OCTOBER 1-14 – BRUCAMP [northern France]
Bathing parade. Training as per syllabus. [weather mostly fine, sometimes soultry (sic)]
Bathing parade. [weather mostly cloudy]
[see Appendix 3 – “In the event of bombs coming to hand the training programme will be notified to permit of bombing practice.”] Continue Reading »
3 October 1918 p9
Australia to London by Air — a daring Project
Sydney, October 2. A gathering of prominent business and financial men took place to-day -to discuss the advisability of an aerial mail between I Sydney and London. Mr. Reginald Lloyd, of London, said an aeroplane service such as was suggested would place London within 150 hours of Australia, and only £6,OOO was needed for the preliminary work. The meeting formed a syndicate, and a part of the sum needed was subscribed. It is intended to secure the remainder of the £6,000 required in other States. Continue Reading »
Nice fine day, slightly chilly at times. Very enjoyable game of tennis in afternoon with G.O.C., Lade, Churcher & Lec. Brig. Gen Leane & Capt Varley called during afternoon, & played tennis with us. Saw 51st Bn. on route march during morning, & watched 49th Bn. training. Guest night at Mess – Cols. Whitham & Coaster, Majors Rowe & Fowler present also 51st Orchestra – very enjoyable. Good news of Bulgaria giving in. Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
We have gone off our heads (we means the handful of people who have held together and cheered each other up for the last four years) – we are walking in air trying not to triumph too openly or to sing aloud.
The furniture is selling very well indeed – I shall get on an average four times what it cost me! In another week, I think I shall be free of everything, and have about £200 for the day when the frontier is once more open. Continue Reading »
Oct 7th 1918.
Mother my dearest.
I have firstly some more good news for you, namely that I have been given a Bar to my D.F.C. I never expected this one because it’s only 2 months since I got my first D.F.C. My total is gradually increasing & this makes 4 decorations I’ve got now & they have all been immediate awards for some special job or jobs. What a smart son you have Maw!! I think this one must be for the bombing in the Hanley & also for breaking up those Huns that day… Continue Reading »
7 October Monday
Received letter from Latus this morning asking me to come down & make a start replied by wire that if he could keep job open until Friday would be down then Received answer To come & he would do his best for me
8 October Tuesday
Gave notice this morning, drew £2.12.4 wages due. Continue Reading »