• Understanding Australian Identity Discs Part 3 : Second World War, Army

    Thursday 20 August 2015 by Dianne Rutherford.

    A member of the Second AIF wearing his compressed fibre identity discs, Australia c 1944.

    WEARING IDENTITY DISCS During the First World War, the army came to realise the importance of issuing two identity discs to each person so one could remain with a body and the other be collected for record keeping. In the Second World War, the identity disc remained the primary, and frequently only, method of being able to identify the dead. It was noted in various General Routine Orders (GRO) that not wearing identity discs would be treated as a…

    Read on

  • Launch of The Changi Book

    Tuesday 18 August 2015 by Lachlan Grant.

    The Changi Book

    Seventy years ago on 5 September 1945 the Japanese occupation of Singapore came to an end. After a harrowing three and a half years of captivity, thousands of Allied prisoners of war were finally free. Among them was Australian soldier Sergeant C. DavidGriffin, who during his time in Changi had worked tirelessly to compile a collection of stories by fellow prisoners about life in the camp. It was hoped that these stories would form a book, to be…

    Read on

  • Post-war correspondence with Lord Birdwood : Part 1

    Wednesday 12 August 2015 by Stephanie Hume.

    As part of a wider project to digitise First World War collections, the Memorial is seeking contact with relatives of the persons listed below in connection with the large correspondence within the Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood collection 3DRL/3376. This blog relates to Australian civilianswho wrote to Birdwood regarding his visits to Australia in the 1920s. If you have any further information about these people, or their descendants, …

    Read on

  • Australian home front badges of the First World War

    Wednesday 12 August 2015 by Craig Blanch.

    Imperial Silver War Badge

    From the early months of the First World War men perceived to be ‘shirkers’ or cowards were increasingly ostracised. The practice of sending white feathers symbolising cowardice, or shaming men in the street to enlist were commonplace. This worsened as casualty lists grew, bringing the war closer and closer to home. Non-uniformed men backing the war effort or those unable to do so sought ways to promote their contribution to relieve them of …

    Read on

  • Post-war correspondence with Lord Birdwood : Part 2

    Wednesday 12 August 2015 by Stephanie Hume.

    As part of a wider project to digitise First World War collections, the Memorial is seeking contact with relatives of the persons listed below in connection with the large correspondence within the Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood collection 3DRL/3376. This blog relates to Australian civilianswho lived in Victoria, whowrote to Birdwood regarding his visits to Australia in the 1920s. If you have any further information about these people, or…

    Read on

  • This week at the Last Post Ceremony

    Tuesday 11 August 2015 by Jodi Hammond. 1 comments

    This week the Last Post Ceremony commemorates two significant anniversaries from the Second World War. 13 August 2015 General Sir Cyril Brudenell Bingham White Last Post Ceremony Canberra Air Disaster 002590 Seventy-five years ago, on the 13 August 1940, a Royal Australian Air Force Hudson bomber crashed into a hill on approach to the Canberra aerodrome. The four man crew and all six passengers …

    Read on

  • 7th Infantry Brigade Band: Bandsmen who owned their own instruments

    Monday 10 August 2015 by Theresa Cronk.

    The Australian War Memorial is currently involved in a project to find stories related to music during the First World War and the individuals who were involved in contributing to musical performances within the AIF at this time. The followingisa listof selected members of the 7th Infantry Brigade Band who were known to be musicians and also took their own instruments with them when they enlisted. The instruments are recorded as returning to …

    Read on

  • August at the Last Post Ceremony

    Monday 3 August 2015 by Jodi Hammond. 2 comments

    There are some significant anniversaries to be commemorated at the Last Post Ceremony during the month of August, particularly related to the centenary of the August Offensive. For further information about the ceremonies, please view the Last Post Ceremony Calendar. Australia’s Federation Guard will be in attendance on the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 15th and 19th August. At 4.00 pm on those dates, a catafalque party will mount a vigil at the …

    Read on

  • Understanding Australian Identity Discs Part 2 : Second World War, Royal Australian Navy

    Tuesday 28 July 2015 by Dianne Rutherford.

    Members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the First World War were not officially issued with identity discs. However, they were in the Second World War. In June 1939 Commonwealth Navy Order (CNO) 97 ordered that the RAN would follow the Royal Navy procedure laid down in Confidential Admiralty Fleet Order (AFO) 805/1939 that a single red circular compressed fibre disc would be issued to all naval personnel. Not everyone used the red fibre …

    Read on

  • Military helmets - an introduction

    Monday 27 July 2015 by Amanda Rebbeck. 1 comments

    External and internal views of a Helmet, Steel, Mark I

    This blog covers the basic aspects and some variants of helmets worn by the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War and the Second AIF during the Second World War. First World War Between 1916 and 1918, on the Western Front, Australians wore the British issue steel helmet as head protection. This helmet was called The Helmet, Steel, Mark I but is also sometimes referred to as the Brodie steel helmet or the Brodie Mark I …

    Read on

Pages