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3 September 1915 : Lt William Darnell VC


Parents Henry and Rose Ann. William enlisted, only age 15, in 1901 in the South African Rifles and went to Africa. He returned to Australia 12 years later, became an actor and married Elizabeth (née Smyth) in April 1906.  They lived at 'Maktau', Phillips Avenue, Murrumbeena, Victoria.  William enlisted when war was declared in August 1914 an…

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SPECIAL OFFER: 'Two Sides of the Same Wrong Penny: Gallipoli and the Western Front: A comparison' edited by Michael LoCicero with contributions from Gary Sheffield, Stephen Chambers and others.


Announcing the launch of the Western Front Association / Helion publication: Two Sides of the Same Wrong Penny: Gallipoli and the Western Front, A Comparison The year 1915 saw the BEF severely challenged on the Western Front. Recovering from the loss of the majority of experienced regulars in 1914, a largely new army had to come to terms with t…

Street Memorials in South West Rocks, NSW


South West Rocks is a small town with a population of about 5000 on the mid north coast of New South Wales, about 400 kilometres north of Sydney.  Located where the Macleay River enters the Pacific Ocean at Trial Bay (named after the brig Trial, which was wrecked in the area in 1816 after being seized in Sydney Harbour by escaping convicts), the to…

22 June 1918 : Pte A P Edwards MM


Pte Allan Parish Edwards MM (4343) was a 32 years when he enlisted in the 13th Reinforcements to the 3rd Battalion on 28 September 1915.  On arrival in Egypt in early 1916 he spent some time in hospital before being moved to England, where he spent some time in the AIF Cyclist Training Battalion before joining the 2nd Battalion in October.  In …

How to research Australian and New Zealand Soldiers from the First World War


An earlier article has covered the potential sources available to those who are researching Canadian soldiers who served in the Great War. This brief article covers the sources available to research soldiers from Australia and New Zealand. Australian Service records Comprehensive service records for Australian soldiers can be found in the Nationa…

Cecil Patrick Healy: the only Australian Olympic Gold medalist to die in war KIA 29 August 1918.


Cecil Patrick Healy - the only Australian Olympic Gold medalist to die in war – was a prominent figure in the swimming world in Australia and beyond, for more than 15 years. An early proponent of the new crawl stroke and the side breathing technique, he contributed articles to the press about swimming and surf-bathing. Above: Cecil Healy picture…

17 March 1917 : 2nd Lieut. David Dennys Fowler, RFC


Dennys was the son of James Fowler and Mary Harriet (née Morgan) both were born in south Australia.  In 1898 David’s six year old brother died. At some point in the next year or so the family moved to England. By the time of the 1901 Census the 3 year old Dennys was at home with his parents at at 44/46 Albert Gate, Knightsbridge with his parent…

Ep. 313 - Anzac Labour Day - Dr Nathan Wise


Historian and academic Dr Nathan Wise talks about his book Anazc Labour.   Your browser does not support the audio element. Nathan's book explores the horror, frustration and exhaustion surrounding working life in the Australian Imperial Fo…

'Gaza to Jerusalem; The Palestine Campaigns of 1917' - Stuart Hadaway


In this talk Stuart tells the story of 1917 in Palestine. It covers the story of the three battles of Gaza, the first two which were disastrous in outcome for the attacking British and Empire forces. A change in force commander and support led to the attacks on Beersheba and the capture of Gaza. The talk then covers subsequent actions to the entry …