• 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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  • 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.auOther 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 …

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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 …

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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 DISCSDuring 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • Understanding Australian Identity Discs Part 2 : Second World War, Royal Australian Navy

    Tuesday 28 July 2015 by Dianne Rutherford. 3 comments

    Members of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in the First World War were not officially issued with identity discs. However, they were in the Second World War. In June 1939 Commonwealth Navy Order (CNO) 97 ordered that the RAN would follow the Royal Navy procedure laid down in Confidential Admiralty Fleet Order (AFO) 805/1939 that a single red circular compressed fibre disc would be issued to all naval personnel. Not everyone used the red …

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  • Military helmets - an introduction

    Monday 27 July 2015 by Amanda Rebbeck. 7 comments

    External and internal views of a Helmet, Steel, Mark I

    This blog covers the basic aspects and some variants of helmets worn by the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War and the Second AIF during the Second World War. First World War Between 1916 and 1918, on the Western Front, Australians wore the British issue steel helmet as head protection. This helmet was called The Helmet, Steel, Mark I but is also sometimes referred to as the Brodie steel helmet or the Brodie Mark…

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