Stories 1 - 10

At breaking point

Frank Wilkinson

Frank Wilkinson, a farmer from Banyena in Victoria, sailed off to war in 1916. He served in Egypt, contracted pneumonia in France and was nursed for gunshot wounds in England. Gunner Frank Wilkinson... » read more

My grief condemns me

Mervyn Higgins

From the day his son Mervyn was killed in Sinai to the moment of his own death twelve years later, Justice HB Higgins set out to remember. It was not just the ornate Celtic cross he erected over the... » read more

The hardships of war

Peter Rados

Private Peter Rados was one of the first men to enlist and one of the first to vanish on Gallipoli. His body was not recovered until long after the war. Peter Rados almost certainly died a prisoner... » read more

No prospect of it ending

Rachael Pratt

Born in Munbannar, Victoria, Sister Rachael Pratt was one of the first Australian nurses to enlist. She tended to the sick and wounded in Egypt, on Lemnos and in hospital ships within sight—and fire—... » read more

This striking case of courage and devotion

Hilda Williams

In October 1918, HMAT Boonah sailed out of Fremantle harbor. She carried a cargo of over 1,000 soldiers, all destined for the battlefields of Europe. The Boonah was the last such troopship to leave... » read more

With due care

Alexander McKinnon

Alexander McKinnon was born in Charters Waters in the Northern Territory. He worked as a station hand before enlisting for war in 1916. Alex was one of thousands of servicemen of Indigenous descent—... » read more

A deeply damaged man

Noble Black

An office boy from Leichardt NSW, Noble Black embarked for war in 1916. He served in the Field Artillery, was badly gassed and witnessed the horrors of war. Black was one of thousands of shell shock... » read more

That Australian girl

Lizzie Armstrong

Raised in a comfortably well-off family in Sydney, Lizzie Armstrong was strong, independent and resourceful. Determined to do her bit for the war effort, she sailed to Britain, trained as a... » read more

Weary hours and days of pain

Harold Candy

Harold Candy was wounded at Pozières in 1916. He was wounded a second time at Le Hamel, as the allied armies struggled to turn back the German advance. Invalided home after a gas attack, Harold Candy... » read more

I hate the business of war

John Monash

John Monash was a soldier. He commanded Australian troops in Gallipoli, Belgium and France. He brought many of those men home. Under Monash’s guidance, some 160,000 men and women were repatriated to... » read more