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
4 June 917 p7
PATRIOTIC FUNDS. STATE WAR COUNCIL’S CONTROL
The question of the control and regulation of the various patriotic funds has been receiving attention by the State War Council … With a view to defining the work of the funds already established, and securing uniform action, a conference of delegates was recently held, and a satisfactory working arrangement arrived at. Continue Reading »
More enemy shelling during early morning about 2 a.m. Nice fine day. Up looking at front line and communication trenches during morning & afternoon.
…Wrote dear Mum, Kate & Dad. Fairly heavy bombardment by our Guns on Messines Ridge & Messines in afternoon. Understand big explosion in Messines during afternoon. Continue Reading »
I have stated the new campaign, and written to the Dutch Ambassador in Berlin and appealed to him for protection.
This last week has been more like Australia than anything I have known in Europe, except the famous summer of 1911 when the thermometer in London stood for weeks between 100° and 110° Fahrenheit. Continue Reading »
The month of June 1917 was spent doing further flying training to qualify as a pilot. The Air Flying Corps grew out of the Army, and the Smith brothers were Army officers (Ross a Captain, and Keith a Lieutenant) who chose to become pilots.
Did my first solo after 1 hr. 14 mins. dual (in the Morris Farman) Continue Reading »
Had rough day today. thought every minute we were going up, caught fire next to us and one of our batteries suffered severely having 11 casualties including their major. War is becoming a hotter passtime every day and one shakes hands with himself many times in a week.
Left Aus. 2 years ago today …During the night had a very rough time for we were pelted with gas shells from about 10 P.M until 4 A.M. and can assure you things were very uncomfortable. Battery had 20 men suffering the effects. Continue Reading »