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
ROUGE DE BOUT
1916 MAY 19
At 2000 the enemy suddenly opened up a heavy shell attack on our billets in the vicinity of ROUGE DE BOUT – at that hour several worthy parties from our Bttn went marching along road between ROUGE DE BOUT + TWO GREE farm, several shells exploded quite close to HQ + INTELLIGENCE Billet – also BOMBERS BILLET – all within a few hundred yards of ROUGE DE BOUT two officers viz – Captain Charles Joseph BATES + Lieut Harold Baker SHAW. Continue Reading »
Mon 1 May 1916, p9
THE RECRUITING CAMPAIGN
The special train effort organised by the State War Council, and including a large party of speakers, arrived at Strathalbyn at scheduled time to-day. The local recruiting committee…had completed all necessary arrangements, and the details were successfully carried out. Prior to the arrival of the train … a procession, headed by the school band, and on arrival at the station various patriotic items were rendered by the children… Continue Reading »
Was not even boarded. Now transferred back to my same old ward at Ras-el-Tin, Alex. The ladies of the Harem are still to be seen. That is all.
Am feeling better already. The abdominal pains were due to Army rations. It is thought that a few weeks more convalescence should fix me up. Continue Reading »
…Parade at 7 am. Advanced Guard & Rear Guard action. – very good.
My promotion out in Battalion Orders, but Clarke’s name put before mine. Spoke to Adjutant about it – he informed me that it is alright, I am senior to Clarke, & that Clarke understands. Expecting to move soon.
… Swim in Canal during afternoon. Informed that a steamer from Australia went through Canal and a lady from deck called out “Any South Australians there?” Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
I had a letter from Aunt Alice a few days ago where she said ‘I had a delightful letter from [Ethel’s nephew] Howard this week, and I am hoping he can come to me for a weekend soon, now that he is so near.’ So he must be with the Australian troops that I saw reported as being at Verdun…
There has been a good deal of rioting during the last few days. I never manage to see anything, and not a word of it is allowed to get into the papers Continue Reading »
May 2nd 1916
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing this letter to ask if you would kindly enquire and find the whereabouts of my brother 3027 Pte R. W. Carter, who sailed with the AIF on September 14th 1915. I last heard from him when in hospital in Egypt. He was in the 4th Auxiliary Hospital, Egypt, and we have not heard of him since… My brother’s from Point McLeay.
I am Yours etc,
Mrs Hector Sumner Continue Reading »
… 6,000 Indians, 1,900 British have been taken prisoners in Mesopotamia.
Wrote a letter to Mother … received letters from Arthur Gordon, Mother, & 2 from Clara.
Wrote to Clara, … put in the day signalling, and went to bed at 8.30 P.M. we have a long day rising at 4.30 am and knocking off at 6 oclock all told we work 5½ Hours resting from 10.30 to 4 pm. Continue Reading »