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
SAILLY, July 1 to 22 July
Marched Battn from SAILLY via LE VERRIE + OULTERSTEEN to billets … combined training + organised raiding party … on 9th July … we marched to MT DES CATS where we billeted for night @ midnight next day 10/11 marched to GODEWAERSVELDE RY STN where we entrained for DOULLENS … From there we marched … to HALLOY – next day 12th July we marched … to NAOURS…we remained [there] from 12th to 16th July doing route marches + training Continue Reading »
More important than any of the strategic successes achieved by the Allies in their offensives on three frontiers, considerable as they are, is to-day’s intimation as to the abundance of their munitions. Of the fabulous quantities turned out daily in Great Britain we may gather an idea from the statement that 90 arsenals and 3,500,000 workers, including 600,000 women, Continue Reading »
British attack on a large scale along the River Somme in France. We are sure to be drawn into this battle sooner or later, & we will see how the Aussies can take it from Europe’s best trained soldiers.
Left Tidworth for Bristol to visit Cousin Mary Mathews. Met Miss Joy Ashmead. She has promised to send me parcels & books. Continue Reading »
Nice warm day. Instructions received that I am to go to a Senior Officers School commencing on 3rd July at Wisques; packed up ready to leave here tonight. Wrote dear Mum & Kate Left Billet about 10 pm. & arrived at Bac–Saint–Mour (Charlie Moule’s billet) Slept there night.
Recd two letters from dear Kate and one from Father. Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
We scarcely dare to hope yet, but our offensive looks well as far as we can gather… It almost seems as if the tide were turning at last.
And the food question gets worse and worse – there were new potatoes promised weeks ago, but they have not appeared yet… Continue Reading »
The following is an extract of a letter from Ross Smith to his mother dated 19 August 1916.
My dearest Ma,
… Before telling you the story of the actual fight [Romani] it will be necessary to tell you something about the country it was fought in and also a few things which led up to it.
Romani is I think the name of a well but there is no village or anything of that sort as one would imagine. … Continue Reading »
Had a nice day today went out on the lines and did repairs to same
… Left our position on Lille Rd. at 3.30 P.M and passed in through Armentiers to a place near on 4 miles away
Turned out at 9 a.m. only having a few hours’ sleep… Continue Reading »