• Non-Australian civilian Birdwood connections

    Thursday 2 April 2015 by Charis May.

    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 Other blogs …

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  • Non-Australian military Birdwood connections

    Thursday 2 April 2015 by Charis May.

    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. Continuing our project to seek…

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  • Non-Australian ex-military Birdwood connections

    Thursday 2 April 2015 by Charis May. 2 comments

    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 Other blogs relating to Birdwood correspondence can be found here : Australian military Birdwood connections, Unidentified Birdwood connections, Australian …

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  • Good Friday, 1915

    Thursday 2 April 2015 by Alison Wishart. 2 comments

    Soldiers and civilians outside a burnt out building in Esbekiah Street, Cairo. April 1915.

    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. Soldiers…

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  • Healing Wounds You Can’t See

    Friday 27 March 2015 by Gabrielle Considine.

    Group portrait of members of 114 Australian General Hospital

    Group portrait of members of 114 Australian General Hospital P11535.001 Shell Shock, Combat Stress Reaction, War Neuroses, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Regardless of the label, many have suffered psychological trauma as a result of war. During the Second World War psychological trauma was treated with electroshock therapy and formaldehyde. This is described by Neta Lawrence in …

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  • Australian military Birdwood connections

    Tuesday 24 March 2015 by Charis May. 1 comments

    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 military personnel who wrote to Birdwood. The general theme of the correspondence was to commend him on his leadership of the Anzacs. If you have any further …

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  • Australian Birdwood connections

    Tuesday 24 March 2015 by Charis May.

    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 …

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  • Unidentified Birdwood connections

    Tuesday 24 March 2015 by Charis May.

    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. Other blogs relating to Birdwood correspondence can be found here : Australian military Birdwood connections and Australian Birdwood connections W Bax This is possibly an …

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  • "I'm 21 to-day and I've never been 21 before."

    Saturday 21 March 2015 by Meagan Nihill. 6 comments

    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. One hundred years ago today, camped in the desert outside Cairo – half a world away from his …

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  • So far from home: sending and receiving mail in the trenches

    Wednesday 18 March 2015 by Theresa Cronk. 5 comments

    The arrival of the first AIF mail of 161 bags at Mena, Egypt. The non-appearance of this mail in Egypt caused a great deal of talk and anxiety amongst the Australian troops. It had been labelled to GPO London and subsequently returned from there, 13 January 1915.

    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. In January 1915, an oft-repeated subject in…

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