• By force of Will : A Broodseinde Ridge DCM

    Wednesday 8 August 2012 by Craig Blanch. 4 comments

    My name is Sam Warner and I am a work experience student from St Joseph’s College Echuca. As part of my week at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra I researched the story behind the Distinguished Conduct Medal of Sergeant William Dobson Scorer in the First World War. Here is his story. Sergeant William Dobson Scorer died from wounds he received at Broodseinde Ridge. P08891.001 William Dobson Scorer was born in …

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  • A lucky pair of glasses

    Tuesday 31 July 2012 by Chris Goddard. 2 comments

      Pair of spectacles which deflected shrapnel : Sergeant W R Fisher, 1 Battalion AIF REL Survival in war is more often a matter of luck than skill, and luck is fickle. These spectacles were being worn by Sergeant William Fisher as he and three others played cards in a dug-out in France in August 1918. His mate, Lance Corporal John Drum, was last to join the game, and moved a dud shell out of the way to sit down. It …

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  • Russells Top Handover Report

    Wednesday 4 July 2012 by Stuart Bennington. 7 comments

    On occasion a totally unexpected document walks in the front door and into Official Records.  Recently a report made at Gallipoli was generously donated by Cindy Osborne to the Memorial.  The document in question is a handover report from the Commanding Officer 26th Infantry Battalion to the Commanding Officer of the 28th.  The Russell Top handover report is a most welcome addition to the Official Records held at the Memorial, for …

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  • A visit to Lone Pine Cemetery

    Tuesday 5 June 2012 by Dianne Rutherford. 4 comments

    Lone Pine Cemetery 2012 While recently at Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli, I took the opportunity to visit the graves of two men, Corporal David 'Yank' McVay and Private Charles Hampson who served with D Company in the 23rd Battalion. A few years ago I researched their stories while cataloguing the metal cross plates that came from their original graves.   The original grave marker for David McVay …

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  • Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train diary

    Monday 14 May 2012 by . 2 comments

    Last month, the Memorial was delighted to accept a Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train (RANBT) diary, donated by Mr Martin Smee of Port Elliot, South Australia.  Mr Smee made the trip to Canberra to personally deliver the diary, which has been part of his family's valuable family history for many years.  The diary was written by his grandfather, Able Seaman Driver Laurie John Smee.  Born in South Australia, Laurie ran away to sea…

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  • Reports of Proceedings: The Tobruk Ferry and HMAS Waterhen

    Wednesday 9 May 2012 by Theresa Cronk.

    The ongoing project to digitise AWM78 Reports of Proceedings, HMA Ships and Establishments has now reached 46 341 images. The reports of proceedings for seventy-nine ships are now available on the Memorial’s website. This includes all of the destroyers employed in the Tobruk Ferry.  Some of the ships that were later involved with the Tobruk Ferry, HMAS Parramatta and HMAS Yarra, have also been digitised. These files can be viewed …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Upper Turret Milestone

    Monday 26 March 2012 by Jamie Croker.

    A major milestone was reached late last week with the trial fit of the Boulton Paul upper turret into the Hudson rear fuselage.  The installation was carried out to check the fit with the re-constructed support structure, which required only minor adjusting before the turret was bolted into postion.  The turret will now be removed to allow fabrication of fuselage skins to be completed, and routing of the empennage flight control …

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  • Filming the bombing of Darwin

    Friday 17 February 2012 by Stephanie Boyle. 3 comments

    On the 19th of February seventy years ago, the city of Darwin was bombed. Sustaining heavy damage and civilian casualties in air raids by Japanese forces, this attack was the first of over sixty air raids conducted up until November 1943. For footage of the actual bombing, we today rely on the films of amateur filmmakers who were living or stationed in Darwin at the time. They also took in scenes of destruction, filmed once the danger …

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  • It's Dan's Life.

    Monday 30 January 2012 by Daniel McGlinchey. 1 comments

    As a duty curator in the Military Heraldry and Technology section, you discover some unexpected stories when items are donated to the Memorial. One such story was that of Sergeant Daniel Gallogly of the 6th Field Company Engineers and the embroidered souvenir from Egypt that he purchased in 1916. Gallogly's souvenir from Egypt  The souvenir was found recently at the 5th Combat Engineer Regiment’s facilities but …

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  • Lockheed Hudson - Turret Structure Trial Fit

    Monday 23 January 2012 by Jamie Croker.

    After months of work treating and reproducing individual pieces, the complex structure which supports the Boulton Paul turret has been trial fitted.  It was great to see all the separate items come together.  These parts, after final undercoating, will now be riveted into the airframe permanently.  Rear fuselage skins can then be rolled, and the Boulton Paul turret fitted. Boulton Paul turret support structure…

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