Stories 31 - 40

Inventing Anzac Day in England

Alfred Sharp

On the eve of the Great War, Alfred Sharp was appointed the Victorian Immigration Officer in London. He sailed off to ‘the old country’ in 1912. In England, Sharp advocated the cause of Australia. It... » read more

Marked secret

Samuel Mellor

Elizabeth Mellor first wrote to Melbourne Base Records in 1917. She had heard nothing from her son Samuel in years and feared ‘something must have happened to him’. She wondered if the Army could... » read more

We were all so fond of him

Elsie Tranter

Armistice. After four years of carnage, the big guns at last fall silent. Elsie Tranter, an Australian nurse serving in a hospital near Amiens, finds a moment to scribble in her diary. She records... » read more

Hearts broken for what?

Arthur Rae

When Australia marched to war in 1914, and the world plunged into madness, Arthur Rae, unionist, Labor leader, feminist and socialist pleaded for peace.  He believed a new nation should not... » read more

The boy soldier

Bernard Haines

Bernard Haines was one of Australia’s boy soldiers. The papers tell us he was 14 when he enlisted, 15 when they sent him to France, 16 when he was gravely wounded at the Battle of Baupaume. They... » read more

Captain Charlie’s boozer

Allen Charlie Kingston

Allen Charlie Kingston commanded the Australian War Graves Detachment at Villers-Bretonneux. A Gallipoli veteran, Kingston had seen four years of war and supervised the recovery of hundreds of bodies... » read more

The angel of Durban

Ethel Campbell

Ethel Campbell was born in her mother’s homeland, Scotland, but raised in her father’s home, South Africa. He was a doctor, descended from a line of wealthy sugar planters and, like many of their... » read more

Quite a decent type of man

Cornelius Danswan

It was late in the morning when Dr Benjafield, a medical officer assigned to the Repatriation Department in Sydney, finished his examination of Cornelius Danswan. In many ways that day’s appointment... » read more

No more to send

Caroline Gilbert

Caroline Gilbert was the mother of ten children. She sent three sons to war. And not one of them returned to her. Robert died of ‘multiple wounds’ in France. Both his legs were ‘shattered’ when a... » read more

Whatever time they had left

Adam Wardrop

Adam Gladstone Wardrop was a horse driver from Mackay in Queensland. In 1916, he saddled up one last time, rode to Rockhampton and enlisted to serve in the Great War. Wardrop left his young wife... » read more