Private James Charles Martin was in a bad state. Exhausted and suffering from a high fever, he lay aboard the hospital ship Glenart Castle under the watchful eye of Matron Frances Hope Logie Reddoch. Jim was nearly fifteen thousand kilometres from his family in Hawthorn, Victoria. He had lost over half his weight serving in the squalor of the trenches at Gallipoli and had contracted typhoid fever. Soldiers often contracted the disease in the unsanitary conditions of the trenches. Then again, most soldiers were not fourteen years old.
“On Saturday, 1 September, I was accorded the privilege of giving away the Bride at the marriage between Miss Caroline Elizabeth Edwards and ABUC Gordon Stephen Dempsey…A small wedding reception was held, after the ceremony, in my cabin.”
Despite the travelling schedule for the exhibition Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt being cut short, the Australian public’s interest in this unique collection of photographic images continues.
Now, in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, the hundredth Australian soldier from the collection of glass-plate negatives has been identified.
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Dianne Rutherford. 2 comments.
Collection, Military Heraldry and Technology Casualties; Royal Australian Air Force; 10 Squadron RAAF; Supermarine Walrus
In the early hours of 18 June 1940, Supermarine Walrus L2312, an amphibious aircraft, took off from Mount Batten, near Plymouth, England.
Friday 26 September 2014 by Eleni Holloway. 3 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Conservation, Military Heraldry and Technology, News Nurses, Conservation, Patterns, Textiles, Australian Army Nursing Service, Ward Dress
Wednesday 24 September 2014 by Gabrielle Considine. 1 comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse, Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories oral history, Sound, Film, Photographs
This month’s sound reel depicts Lawrence of Arabia in a light not usually seen. It contains the sometimes frank opinions of four Australian contemporaries of Lieutenant Colonel T E Lawrence CB DSO.
The Research Centre has now digitised and made available online the series AWM266 Australian Naval Force (ANF) Engagement and Service Records, 1903-1911.
The records in this series relate to men and boys – mainly residents of Australia and New Zealand – who served in the Australian Squadron of the Royal Navy under the terms of the Naval Agreement Act of 1903. Similar to attestation papers of soldiers in the First World War, they contain information on each individual engaged in the ANF between 1903 and 1911.
Wednesday 17 September 2014 by Jeffrey Wray. No comments.
Collection, Collection Highlights film online, Film, Australian War Memorial, defence public relations, army life, 44 class locomotive, train, rail transport, centurian tank, leopard tank, puckapunyal, pilatus porter, documentary, M113 armoured personnel carrier, howitzer, artillery, Royal Australian Navy
A recent addition to the Australian War Memorials film collection available online is a number of documentaries made by/or on behalf of Defence Public Relations during the 1970s and 1980s. The films highlight new equipment, different aspects of service life, operations and training as well as civil assistance activities of the period. These subjects are combined with up-beat contemporary music (or classical music in the army’s case) to provide an exciting and dramatic atmosphere for the subject at hand.