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
8 March 1917 p9
RED CROSS SOCIETY
The latest letters from the commissioners emphasise the great need of socks and all woollen comforts. They also rely upon us for the usual supplies of pyjamas, shorts, undershirts, underpants, sheets, pillowcases, towels, dressing gowns old linen etc. Patterns and particulars may always be obtained from the depot at Government House. It is also proposed to send large quantities of foodstuffs abroad, as food is becoming so scarce in England now… Continue Reading »
40 Fritzes were lost in the fog this morning & were captured behind our lines, They appeared glad it was all over.
The fog blanket still continues. We hear rumours of going to the back areas for a spell. Sounds too good to be true.
Spoke to our Adjutant today about going to the Inns of Court Cadet Corps… He advised me not to but did advise applying for Observer in the A.F.C. (Australian Flying Corps.) Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
I have had Sandor here for three days then he had to go on to Budapest for two concerts. He bought me ½ lb of bacon, ½ lb of butter, a loaf of bread – beautiful white Danish bread, two cakes of soap (simply priceless), and a piece of cheese… Continue Reading »
Was sent out with Steele to do an “all clear” reco. We thought the NURAN position looked different so went on to it & found it had been completely evacuated except for a few cavalry. It was Steeles first trip over the lines. We were quite low & when I pointed the Cavalry out to him he thought I meant he was to “zoom” them so he went down & zoomed them from about 200 ft. They scattered everywhere & several horses bolted. Continue Reading »
A lovely day, but still the mud is terrible…
4 February [sic]
Had sports here today, which were provided by the bombing school which is established in this town The Australians ran away with all the prizes but one, namely the, French Mortar Bomb relay race which was won by the Tommies… Continue Reading »