Stories 11 - 20

Almost within sight of Australia

Narrelle Hobbes

Narrelle Hobbes was born in Tilba Tilba, trained as a nurse and enlisted in London in 1915. Through the long course of the war she served in British hospitals in Malta and Sicily, India and... » read more

True to Australia

Peter Chirvin

Born in Vladivlastok, Peter Chirvin was one of over a thousand Anzacs of Russian descent. He served on Gallipoli, was wounded twice in action and was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery as a... » read more

That chilling phrase

Carman Brothers

Port Broughton, a tiny farming community on the Spencer Gulf, sent forty-seven of its sons to the front. Twenty-one of that number were killed overseas. Amongst them were Elizabeth and David Carman’s... » read more

The heart of a lion

Rowland Lording

In 2009 Australia honoured men killed in the Battle of Fromelles, our country’s first major engagement on the Western Front. At the cost of thousands of dollars a new cemetery was established, and... » read more

The Empire's bidding

James Ferguson

James Ferguson was a farmer from Midlands, Western Australia. He served as a trooper in the 8th Light Horse, saw savage action in the Middle East and, when Turkey sued for peace in 1918, expected to... » read more

Thank God you are found

George McQuay

In 1916, an unknown patient was admitted to Broughton Hall, a ‘mental facility’ for returned soldiers in Sydney. Some said he’d been found behind the lines in France—wandering aimlessly and wearing a... » read more

Never to love again

Olive Pink

Olive Pink was one of the few white women to settle in Alice Springs in the 1930s. And in that dusty frontier town she quickly became known for a series of causes. Long before it became fashionable,... » read more

The man with half a face

Gordon Wallace

Gordon Wallace, a labourer from Warrnambool, enlisted in 1916. A shell tore his face to pieces in the third battle of Ieper. Private Wallace was evacuated from the Belgian battlefields to England. He... » read more

Inexpressibly dear to me

Norman Gibbins

Norman Gibbins enlisted in August 1914, the month Australia went to war. A veteran of South Africa (where he rose to the rank of Captain), he enlisted as a private—such was his haste to serve again.... » read more

A fellow Australian killed him

Allan Whittaker

Allan Whittaker, a waiter from Yarraville Victoria, was one of the first to enlist, one of the first to fight on Gallipoli and one of the first to be wounded. On the morning of the Landing, a Turkish... » read more