Thursday 2 April 2015 by Charis May.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Family history, News

This section of the Birdwood blog series contains names of non-Australian civilians, politicians, diplomats and businessmen.  Some were people in authority, while others are everyday citizens writing to thank Birdwood for his service.  One lady, Mrs Phillips, billeted Anzacs in her home in Edinburgh and had developed a high regard for the men. If have any connection to these people, please contact Charis May via PubandDig@awm.gov.au

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Thursday 2 April 2015 by Charis May.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Family history, News

When we look at all the correspondence in the files of Field Marshal William Riddell Birdwood, it is obvious that he was highly respected by military personnel and civilians alike. Each letter of thanks would have preceded a letter from Birdwood of congratulations. Many others wrote to him congratulating him on his achievements including his awards, military successes and leadership of the Australian Infantry Force.

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The writers in this Birdwood blog have retired from military service after serving in pre-First World War conflicts. If you have any further information about these people, or their descendants, the Memorial would love to talk to you. Please contact Charis May via PubandDig@awm.gov.au

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Thursday 2 April 2015 by Alison Wishart. 2 comments
News, Opinion, views and commentary #anzac100, Easter, good friday

One hundred years ago, in 1915, Good Friday fell on 2 April. While their families were going to church and preparing fish dinners, the Anzacs stationed in training camps near Cairo, Egypt, went on a rampage. The 'Battle of Wazza' took place in Cairo's red light district. Parts of Derb el Wasa and Haret el Wasser (known affectionately as 'The Wozzer', Wassir, Wasser, Wassar etc.) were gutted.

 

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Friday 27 March 2015 by Gabrielle Considine.
Collection, Collection Highlights, Personal Stories

Group portrait of members of 114 Australian General Hospital Group portrait of members of 114 Australian General Hospital P11535.001

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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.

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Tuesday 24 March 2015 by Charis May.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Family history, News

The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the Anzacs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections are selected from our extensive archives and reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s collections as well as provide full copies for research on the Memorial’s website.

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Tuesday 24 March 2015 by Charis May.
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections, Family history, News

The writers to Birdwood in this blog do not appear to be Australians and are not easily identified.  In some cases, it may be due to the difficulty in reading the hand writing. Please contact Charis May via PubandDig@awm.gov.au if you are able to assist with their identities.

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Saturday 21 March 2015 by Meagan Nihill. 6 comments
Anzac Connections, Collection, Personal Stories

How did you celebrate your 21st birthday? Although turning 18 might be the more meaningful legal milestone these days, for many, reaching the age of 21 is still an important rite of passage: a symbolic entrance into true adulthood. As a result, 21st birthdays are usually a big event, celebrated with friends and family, laughter, drinks, and speeches.

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Imagine if you were unable to contact loved ones by telephone, email or via any other communication strategy now available in today’s digital age. No longer is it possible to hop in your car and drive down the road to visit friends and family. Instead, you have sailed for at least 4 weeks aboard a troopship to a foreign land. And there is no indication as to when, or if, you will see loved ones again.

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