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
1 February 1918 p7
RECRUITING PROBLEM: THE REJECTED VOLUNTEERS
The recruiting problem is now engaging serious attention… The Director-General is of opinion that the time has arrived when married men should be offered special inducement to enlist. This matter is one that will undoubtedly receive attention. The question of medical examination has also been raised. Mr. Mackinnon has publicly drawn attention to the high percentage of volunteers rejected. Continue Reading »
Went for a bicycle ride through beautiful country lanes, (not Southwell) & managed to get back without falling into any female traps.
We are on the last 3 weeks of our course now. This consists of bridging. Results of riding are now out. For saddling I got 10/10 marks, & the written exam 60/80. Riding was classified very good. I have been enquiring about the history of the old ruined castle at Newark. In the days of long ago there was a “Battle of Newark” & presumably the castle was destroyed at that time. It was built in the 11th or 12th century. Continue Reading »
Nice day again, but heavy fog during morning. Tactical exercise during morning. Received cake from dear Kate; wrote her.
Musketry during morning. Left North Camp by 2.3 p.m. train arriving at Waterloo about 3.15 p.m. Went to “Yes, Uncle!” with Mattie at night. Stayed at Regents Palace. Cabled Dad. Major du Moulin returned from Hospital. Continue Reading »
My dear Emmie,
Frau Jaeger did me such a good turn – I have only had a little upright piano here till now. Well, Herr Bluthner the head of the great piano firm, rents the shooting at Panitsch from the Jaegers, and wanted to renew the lease of it. And Frau Jaeger mentioned in a seemingly casual way that she would be much obliged if he would put a good piano at my disposal. A few days later, the most lovely concert grand arrived, at a practically nominal rent! Another proof how necessary it is to make yourself friends of the Mammon of Unrighteousness! Continue Reading »
Feb. 1st. to 10th. In Cairo. We all stayed at the Continental & generally had a good time & went to several dances and dinners. Brown was married in Cairo.
Feb. 11th. We got back as far as Belah by train & found that the bridge over the Wadi Guzze had been washed away & no trains would be running for 48 hours. I rang up the Major & he sent the 2E down by Haig who landed on the old aerodrome at Belah. Haig was going on leave so I flew Mustard back to Mejdel. Continue Reading »