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
FRANCE, 1916 Aug 1st to 9th
Battalion at BERTEAUCOURT reorganising and training, route marching, receiving + distributing reinforcements
Marched from BERTEAUCOURT to BONNEVILLE where we were billeted until 14th August. route marching + training was carried out during this period… Continue Reading »
7 August 1916 p 7
THE CIVIC RECPETION
CROWD AT THE TOWN HALL
Enthusiasm was the note that dominated the civic reception to Mt Hughes in Adelaide….A crowd gathered at an early hour in front of the Town Hall, which was decorated with flags…Wholehearted was the ovation raised when the Prime Minter appeared… Continue Reading »
… A draft of 116 Engineers left for France, but did not include me.
Draft of over 200 men left for France. Still survive.
Caught 9.30 a.m. train with a Broken Hill pal for week end leave in London. Went to theatre to see “Peg O’ my Heart”. Continue Reading »
Fairly hot day. No parade during afternoon, so went to Divisional Baths with Hoggarth. Recd … letters from dear Kate (3), Father, Emy Johnston, Jean Loutit, F.Gill, Claude Gosling, Rene Hamilton, W.T.Turner, Myrtle Galliford – a good mail
Heavy bombardment during night. Handball after tea amongst Officers… Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
… On Monday little Herr Zalisz appeared – he has ten days’ leave, and looks a mental and physical wreck. He has been in the trenches for 9 months without a pause… he has been wounded 4 times, but it was never considered serious enough for the hospital. He still has bandages on an arm and leg. He says he has not one left with whom he went out 9 months ago… Continue Reading »
Aug. 15th. 1916
… on the 3rd Aug. we were rushed out to our outpost line about 6 P.M. My 2 guns were attached to the 3rd Regt [1st Australian Light Horse Brigade]. & I was glad to be back with my old pals again. I just had time to get my guns in position before it got dark…
It was a big front & I had to split my guns & put one in each of two gullies which ran out onto the flat country…at about 1 A.M. the firing started properly & we heard the Turks yelling their battle cry of Allah! Allah! Allah! as they made their first charge. Continue Reading »
Still attending doctor for dressing which have to be done every few hours.
Turned out at 3.30 a.m left billet and proceeded on our last stage of journey, passed through St. Omer at 11 a.m. the country is beautiful all along route. Continue Reading »