• Bandsmen of Bapaume

    Wednesday 16 September 2015 by Melissa Cadden. 2 comments

    The Band of the 5th Australian Infantry Brigade, led by Bandmaster Sergeant A Peagam of the 19th Battalion, passing through the Grande Place (Town Square) of Bapaume, playing the Victoria March. The ruins of the town are still smouldering, and smoke rises from the debris of surrounding buildings. A few miles away, on the Lagnicourt-Noreuil line, the fighting continues.

    The Band of the 5th Australian Infantry Brigade, led by Bandmaster Sergeant A Peagam of the 19th Battalion, passing through the Grande Place (Town Square) of Bapaume, playing the Victoria March. The ruins of the town are still smouldering, and smoke rises from the debris of surrounding buildings. A few miles away, on the Lagnicourt-Noreuil line, the fighting continues. E00426 …

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

    Monday 14 September 2015 by . 2 comments

    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 …

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  • Post-war correspondence with Lord Birdwood : Part 3

    Wednesday 9 September 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. If you have any further information about these people, or their descendants, the Memorial would love to talk to you. Please contact Stephanie Hume via PubandDig@awm.gov.au Other blogs …

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  • Post-war correspondence with Lord Birdwood : Part 4

    Wednesday 9 September 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. If you have any further information about these people, or their descendants, the Memorial would love to talk to you. Please contact Stephanie Hume via PubandDig@awm.gov.au Other blogs …

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  • The unofficial Victory Medal ribbon of 1919

    Tuesday 1 September 2015 by Dianne Rutherford.

    One item we get regular enquiries about is a strange multi-coloured ribbon found on the end of some old medal ribbon bars. This ribbon, made up of many coloured stripes is an unofficial ribbon for the Victory Medal from early-mid 1919. REL/18343.004 medal ribbon bar featuring the British War Medal 1914-20 ribbon and the unofficial Victory Medal ribbon In January 1919 some of the Allied nations suggested that there should be a single medal …

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

    Thursday 20 August 2015 by Dianne Rutherford. 7 comments

    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…

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  • Launch of The Changi Book

    Tuesday 18 August 2015 by Lachlan Grant. 3 comments

    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…

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  • 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 …

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  • 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…

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  • Post-war correspondence with Lord Birdwood : Part 1

    Wednesday 12 August 2015 by Stephanie Hume. 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 civilianswho wrote to Birdwood regarding his visits to Australia in the 1920s. If you have any further information about these people, or their descendants, …

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