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 August 1918 p5
The Czar’s last moments: a pathetic end
London July 30th .The ‘Lokal Anzeiger’ (Berlin) has obtained from a highly placed Russian particulars of the Czar’s last moments. Awakened at 5 o’clock in the morning by a patrol consisting of a non-commissioned officer and his men, he was told to dress. He was taken to a room where the Red Guard’s decision was communicated to him, and be was allowed two hours to prepare for his end. He received the tidings with great calmness, returned to his bedroom, and sank to his chair. Then he asked for a priest, who was allowed to remain with him for some time. Continue Reading »
Bgde left Hospice, Rivery, at 8.30 p.m. for front line area, & relieved a French Brigade on right of Villers Brettoneux. I’m at rear Brigade Hdqrs
French Hdqrs moved out at 10 a.m. Wrote Mattie. 51st Bn. took over part of 49th line during night. Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
This is, so to speak, New Year’s Day, the beginning of the 5th year! As far as I can make out, the Germans must have evacuated Soissons – they don’t say so, of course – they say, as usual, that their ‘movements have, according to plan, been carried out with complete success’, but there is a sentence at the end – ‘fighting north and east of Soissons’, and I fail to see how they could be fighting there unless they have evacuated the town. Continue Reading »
Aug. 11th 1918.
My dearest Mother,
…I went down to Cairo for a dinner to Gen. Borton who arrived from England on the 8th by air. Gen. Borton is in command of our Bgde & used to be C.O. of our Wing some time ago so I have known him for some time. He went on leave \to England/ about 3 months ago & flew back to Egypt on one of the big Hanley Page bombing machines… Continue Reading »
Reported at Barracks & received very little satisfaction and could not even get Railway warrant to Sth Australia saw a Q M G & received orders to report tomorrow at Spencers street station No 9 Plat at 3.15 PM.
3.15 PM. No 9 Platform Left Melbourne at 6.15 PM at last after a lot of muddling about every thing done on train to make us comfortable arrived at Balarat in time for a late tea which was provided by the red cross society. Continue Reading »