Dennis Hauenstein was repatriated home soon after the war ended. Suffering from rheumatic fever, jaundice, and shrapnel wounds, the former stretcher-bearer found it hard to get work. ‘Paddy’, as he... » read more
Cecil Tarrant was a young Welshman who came to Australia seeking new beginnings. Within just a few short years he was brought back to Europe, marching to war with the 15th Battalion.
Tarrant was... » read more
Jim Soorley fought with the 34th Battalion and was badly wounded at the Battle of Messines. Hit by a shell, doctors amputated part of his arm at the Casualty Clearing Station. Weeks later, in an... » read more
Rodney Smith’s generation lived with the memory of war. His mother lost two of her brothers. Edward Sadler was killed on 27 January 1917 in France, and four months later her older brother John died... » read more
Thomas Henley Manns was one of thousands of British immigrants who sought a new life in Australia. In 1914, he was employed in one of the timber camps near Busselton. In October, Manns enlisted in... » read more
Private Joseph Bolton fought in the Second Battle of Bullecourt, the AIF’s second attempt to break the heavily fortified Hindenburg Line. On the first day he was struck by a shell and on the second... » read more
In 1915, Madame Crivelli established the French Red Cross Society of Victoria. It was the beginning of an (unpaid) career in war work that would long outlast the war itself. Crivelli organised... » read more
Walter Dexter was one of twelve Army chaplains charged with the spiritual care of the First AIF.
He watched the Gallipoli Landing, but was forbidden to go ashore with the men. He passed that day (and... » read more
The Australian Flying Corps celebrated Christmas at Bickendorf in 1918. Air Mechanic Tim Tovell noticed an unexpected guest sneaking through the crowd. A child had drifted in from the night, hoping... » read more
Douglas Grant was one of around a thousand Indigenous Australians who served with the First AIF. But in many ways this was not his war. So-called ‘full blood’ Aborigines were not permitted to serve... » read more
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