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
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On the night of Tuesday 6th June the 10th Battn moved from billets … to right sector of firing line … in accordance with operation order … we suffered only one casualty – viz PRIV 2958 SEARLE of D Coy – who was wounded in the neck by indirect M.G fire … shortly after midnight our Artillery shelled the Germans … Continue Reading »
Sat 3 June p5
WANTED: A NATIONAL ANTHEM
When is Australia to have a national anthem? There have been dozens composed at various times, but now one which could honestly be said to have gained popular approval. Perhaps the local ‘Song of Australia’ was the nearest approach to the real thing – and that is a long way from being generally acceptable… Continue Reading »
Paraded before the S.M.O. for a thorough medical inspection. He is satisfied with my condition … Am now ready to be discharged once again.
Left Alex. at noon by train …. It is scorching hot in the desert & a fiery wind is blowing. The camp is practically deserted now. Continue Reading »
Reveille 0230. Breakfast 0250. “Fell in” & moved off at 0330. Waited on “Dead Camel Ridge” for Nos 11 & 12 Platoons, & marched to Camp at Rail Head arriving at 0645. Pitched tents & settled down, Issued clothing &c to men during afternoon – very busy.
Reveille 02 30. No breakfast – orderlies slack. (I had 2 pieces bread & marmalade, 2 pieces bread, milk & sugar, & managed to get a cup of tea from Coy Cooks.) Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
We were thunderstruck on Friday morning by the news of the sea-fight of Horn’s Riff [Jutland] – I don’t believe the German official reports – not for a minute – and I know that they have lost much more heavily than they acknowledge… But from the Admiralty report we have lost heavily in ships… Continue Reading »
Letter from AIF base records to the SA Red Cross Information Bureau:
Australian Imperial Force
Base Records Office
8 June 1916
With reference to your letter… concerning No 3027 Private R. W. Carter, 10th Reinforcements, 10th Battalion, I beg to state as the soldier mentions Continue Reading »
received definite orders we were to move off tonight… numerous troop trains passing on the same route as the whole 4 Div are off.
Arrived at Alexandria 9.30am had 6 hours rest for 48 hours duty and feel pretty well worn out on it embarked at 10.30 a.m. on Caladonian. troops number about 3,000. Continue Reading »