• Hospital Ship Centaur

    Friday 5 March 2010 by Dianne Rutherford. 5 comments

    Model of the Hospital Ship Centaur, currently on display in the Second World War gallery. The Memorial holds a small, but important, collection associated with the sinking of the Hospital Ship Centaur, whose wreck site was discovered in December 2009. Many of the survivors had little or no clothing after the ship sank. One, NX33029 Driver George McGrath, was in his underwear, which he lost when he leapt overboard …

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  • Friday 5th March 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Friday 5 March 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note:  Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.  Training in the desert By George Benson Frank Crozier ART03607 ‘Spent the morning doing ration fatigue. All the 1st Brigade went out to the desert for manoeuvres, A and B sections went out at 2pm. I was detailed for guard and did not go.’ For the classroom: How might Herbert have …

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  • Thursday 4th March 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Thursday 4 March 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.   A line of ambulance wagons. PS0786 ‘Spent the morning out on the desert with the ambulance wagons, practicing* the loading of wounded.’ *With battle coming closer training days become more frequent. While training is important in the preparation for battle, it is also important for …

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  • Wednesday 3rd March 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Wednesday 3 March 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Cairo street 1915. J05758   ‘Granted leave* to visit Cairo, spent the day with Ellis Stones and his mates, had a good deal of amusement during the afternoon in the Esbekier gardens, where there is an open air skating rink, it is an extremely rough affair being made of concrete. Went to…

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  • Tuesday 2nd March 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Tuesday 2 March 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. The front entrance to the Mena House Hotel at Mena, ten miles from Cairo, which was taken over for use as 2 Australian General Hospital (2 AGH) early in 1915 C00528 ‘Spent the morning packing and loading up our transport wagons. At 10am took 2 patients to the Mena House in one of the …

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  • Monday 1st Mar 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Monday 1 March 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Goods made by Northcote Red Cross Society. H11735 'An issue of underclothing from the Red Cross Society was made to us today. Met Ellis Stone for the first time today, they were down on the canal while the dust-up* was in progress there.'  *Dust-up is slang for a fight.  For the …

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  • Saturday 27th February 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Friday 26 February 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.   Men of the 3rd Brigade, 1st AIF, preparing to leave Mena Camp. P02800.005 ‘On picquet duty 2am to 6am also 2pm  to 6pm, relieved from guard at 6pm. The whole 3rd Brigade are preparing to move out of camp.’

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  • Friday 26th February 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Friday 26 February 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Two soldiers, possibly members of the 2nd Light Horse Brigade, beside a stack of full sacks and rows of unpacked stores on the desert sand. P02359.010 ‘Spent the morning on ration fatigue* and was detailed for guard at 10m.’  *Feeding and clothing everyone in the First AIF was a …

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  • Sunday 28th February 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Friday 26 February 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Australian infantry marching during a dust storm, which is known in Egypt as a 'Khamseen'. H02732 ‘Church Parade at 10am. A heavy wind has been blowing all day and that means being unable to see for dust here on the desert. After dinner Pete was to come out but we missed each other …

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  • Thursday 25th February 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Thursday 25 February 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. The Wassah, Cairo By George Lambert ART02755 ‘Granted leave to visit Cairo, then went out to Helopolois to see Pete, we spent the evening at Luna Park again and had a thoroughly good time.’

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