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
The Btn was relieved from HILL 60 Sector YPRES area at 2120. The enemy fired 3 77mm shells at dinner time which caused 8 casualties, 1 O Rank killed, 7 O Ranks wounded. The relief was carried out without a casualty. The Bn was taken by train from YPRES to BRANDHOEK. Thence by march to treatment camp. Continue Reading »
Tue 3 October 1916 p9
Letter from South Australian Arthur Blackburn, printed in the Advertiser. It tells about the battle at Pozieres, in July, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross
Doubtless you will have seen in the papers allabout our capture of Poziers… We had a fearful scrap, most of it by night. The Bosches are undoubtedly about as dirty fighters as anyone can well be, but with it all they fight hard… We fought solidly for three days and nights, almost without stopping, and drove our way foot by foot through the village until we had got right through and on to some high, commanding ground… Continue Reading »
Caught the train for Dumfries to stay with Aunt Amelia Bowie.
Was informed that I was on draft to proceed to France in a few days. Now it has come at last, Hurrah & 3 big cheers. Look out Kaiser Bill, Louis Bill from Broken Hill is after you. … Continue Reading »
… received congratulatory card from Gen Cox (through C.O.) on “gallant conduct in reconnaissance” near Mouquet Farm on Sep. 3–4…
Part Battn put through Gas & fitted with new Box respirators by Div. Gas Officer… lecture… on “Lewis Guns” – very good. Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
The weeks slip by somehow. I have practised a bit, had a lesson from Telemarque, helped Frau Jaeger move house for the third time in these two years, and slept there for a night, as new cook, an excellent but very excitable Bavarian, went rather mad. I have never seen such a display of nerves, temper and language. Continue Reading »
27 October 1916
We are in receipt of two further slips from the Commissioners relating to your son which we deem will be of interest to you. They are as follows: –
‘Alderson’s name appeared in the Battalion records at the Peninsula as severely wounded on May 2nd, 1915, died of wounds on hospital ship and buried at sea…’ Continue Reading »
Oct. 24th. 1916.–
Left 1st. A.M.G.S. at KANTARA WEST & reported to Major Rutledge. O.C. 67th (Aust) Sqdn. R.F.C. at KANTARA EAST, for instruction in aerial observation.
Had my first flight with Major Rutledge in BE2C 4312. Up about 20 mins & flew about KANTARA. Continue Reading »