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
Battalion in action. The following summary of the battle is from the battalion diaries [wherever possible] and includes Appendix 1 notes relating to orders relating to military operations and logistics. Map references are included where suitable.
The battle was pre-staged with a Saturday, September 29 march from Steenvoorde to Chateau Segard. The following morning, after breakfast, men were issued with ammunition, bombs and rations. Continue Reading »
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN PLACE NAMES
… It is agreed that German names should be removed from our map, because we do not wish to perpetuate the racial memories and feelings which led originally to their bestowal…
The Bill is based on the report of the Nomenclature Committee, who prepared a schedule intended to give effect to Mr. Ponder’s motion for the abolition of place names of enemy origin and the substitution of others more agreeable to British sentiment. Continue Reading »
Left for work at 4.30 a.m. Shelling was difficult, plenty of mustard gas & it took a great amount of mental persuasion to drive the cowardly body on & on & still on until we reached our job at Westock…It is a battle between a frail body wanting to hide or run & the mastery of a determined brain which drives you on. The dull pain felt in the stomach, the strain of every nerve to breaking point feels like hot wires & the constant swallowing, to say nothing of the noises in your head. Continue Reading »
English Lieut. brought in during early morning suffering from either gas or bomb wound; being kept alive with Oxygen – poor Sisters & Orderlies very busy. – Died late at night. Nice day. Feeling well.
Dull day, which makes it pleasanter to be in bed. Feeling A.1. Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
My application has been refused again – on Wednesday the police telephoned to say that the refusal had just arrived from Berlin. I refuse to let myself be disappointed for the fourth time.
On Wednesday evening the Jaegers came back, and I don’t like the look of Herr Jaeger at all. He seems to have some rather obscure internal trouble… has lost nearly 2 ½ stone… Continue Reading »
It is a foggy morning did not turn out until 10 AM. I am taking the day easy because it is my last day here and the prospects of going back are not the sort of thing to cheer one.
returned to Club at 12.30 AM this morning after spending an exciting time in an air raid… Continue Reading »