• Preliminary stage of the evacuation from Anzac Cove: narrative from battalion war diaries

    Monday 23 November 2015 by Theresa Cronk. 4 comments

    Map of Gallipoli

    Map of Gallipoli SC02009 Theevacuation ofGallipoli began on 22 November 1915, when a plan was adopted during a conference at General Headquarters, Mudros. This was after Lord Kitchener's visit to Gallipoli in early November, during which he told General Birdwood to start thinking about how to evacuate, and before the recommendation was approved by British Parliament. …

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  • Claustrophobia in the Desert

    Tuesday 17 November 2015 by Melissa Cadden.

    View from Patrol Base (PB) Wali.

    As one of our Soldier in Resident program participants, James Fowler, a veteran of Afghanistan who is now based in Townsville, spent some time with The Memorial’s collection of Afghanistan photographs. The following images resonated with James when recalling his own time in Afghanistan. In James’ words, a peaceful patrol through the “stark beauty” of a wide Afghan dasht (or desert plain) can turn “in an instant” to …

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  • A godsent Christmas box for the world

    Tuesday 10 November 2015 by . 1 comments

    Compiègne, France.  A postcard of  French and English representatives beside a train carriage after the German representatives signed the Armistice documents which signalled the end of the First ...

    It was at 11 o'clock on the morning of Monday 11th November 1918 thatthat day finally came. Soldiers, from both sides, had hung onby clinging to the promise of that day. It meant the chance to embrace their families and friends once more after years apart. It meant the chance to be clean and dry, rather than knee deep in mud and infested with lice. It meant the chance to return to a place where the air was filled with things other than …

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  • The merchant and the butcher: A Western Front story

    Wednesday 4 November 2015 by Craig Blanch. 1 comments

    Walter Wally Brown

    This is a revised blog first published in 2009 as “The butcher and the grocer: A Western Front story”. The revision covers Wally Brown VC’s pre-war employment and, additionally, his eventual fate. I would like to thank Wally’s daughter, Pamela Gould, for the previously unpublished material. The Western Front was epitomised by the brute force of men against machine and each other. Tens of thousands were lost in the maelstrom of …

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  • ANZAC Connections: Centenary digitisation project

    Monday 2 November 2015 by Stephanie Hume. 1 comments

    The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections are selected from our extensive archives and reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War, not just well-known personalities. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s …

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  • A serendipitous journey through the archive

    Monday 26 October 2015 by Theresa Cronk. 1 comments

    Growing up, I was always told that my great-grandfather, Frank Cronk, had served in the First World War, along with his best friend, Tom, and that Tom had asked Frank to look after his sister should he not make it through the war. I was told also that this promise was honoured when Frank returned to Australia and later married Toms's sister. Sadly, Tom did not make it through the war and died on the battlefields of Belgium in 1917. Both …

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

    Monday 14 September 2015 by Theresa Cronk.

    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 …

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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 …

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  • This week at the Last Post Ceremony

    Tuesday 11 August 2015 by Jodi Hammond. 1 comments

    This week the Last Post Ceremony commemorates two significant anniversaries from the Second World War. 13 August 2015 General Sir Cyril Brudenell Bingham White Last Post Ceremony Canberra Air Disaster 002590 Seventy-five years ago, on the 13 August 1940, a Royal Australian Air Force Hudson bomber crashed into a hill on approach to the Canberra aerodrome. The four man crew and all six …

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  • August at the Last Post Ceremony

    Monday 3 August 2015 by Jodi Hammond. 2 comments

    There are some significant anniversaries to be commemorated at the Last Post Ceremony during the month of August, particularly related to the centenary of the August Offensive. For further information about the ceremonies, please view the Last Post Ceremony Calendar. Australia’s Federation Guard will be in attendance on the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 15th and 19th August. At 4.00 pm on those dates, a catafalque party will mount a vigil …

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