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
BANCOURT, MAY 1st
Fatigues – 3 Co’s on Fatigues in Bapaume; Cutting new Rly. track and handling munitions…. 50 rifles, 60 picks, 30 shovels and 4 tents salvaged …
As above, and 10 boxes horse-shoes, 15 rifles, 90 Lewis Gun magazines and 20 panniers salvaged. 300 yds. trench and 100 yds. wire completed on the Corps Line… Continue Reading »
5 May 1917 p15
The Australians in battle: fine work at Bullecourt; Transport Arcadian torpedoed
The fourth stage of the tremendous battle of Arras was begun on Thursday, and Field-Marshal Haig reports that he penetrated the Hindenburg line. The fighting was terribly severe, and both the Australians and the Canadians were prominent. Continue Reading »
Inoculated again today. Felt sick early & took to the blankets. Had a most unpleasant night being sick 4 times. 5 men were awarded the Military Medal for their good work in front of Hermies. That is very satisfactory.
Have been engaged on filling in old German trenches, cleaning harness and sports meetings. The Australians have captured Bullecourt from the Prussian Guards & repulsed every counter attack. Our losses were very heavy. Continue Reading »
Courts-Martial all day with Major Christie 51st& Capt H. G. S. Smith (49th.) C. O. & few Officers of 51st over after Mess. Officers revolver shooting after Mess. Hot day like Australia.
Bgde Church Parade in morning – 5th Army Padre took the sermon. Court of Inquiry on 2 boat accidents in afternoon; self President, Kay & Noblet members. Went for lovely horse ride with Henry Powell after Mess. Continue Reading »
It was very cold till last Monday, then suddenly quite hot, really summer heat – there was not a bud or a leaf on the trees when the warmth suddenly began.
I have seen the lawyer and the police this week and they have both heard that I am most probably to get my pass in a few days! I am in such a state of inward excitement that I can scarcely wait with my packing any longer. Continue Reading »
May 1st to 23rd
Started T.T.C. [Tactical Training Course?] at No. 3 School of Military Aeronautics, Abbassia. We lived in stone barracks & were very comfortable and the work was not hard. Completed the course and passed all exams
Tunbridge was shot down by a Hun from 8,000 ft. At 2,000 ft. a bullet ignited one of his Very’s lights & he was badly burned & sent to 14 A.G.H. Continue Reading »
It is reported that the 46TH & 47TH Batteries had a warm time today in Noreuil Gully, which has been named by the Australians as death Gulley…
Heavy bombardment started early last night and seemed something hellish judging by the Gun fire which could be heard quite plainly from Bapuame, The infantry went across in 6 waves, and judging by the number of wounded passing to C.C.S Continue Reading »