Blog: Personal Stories
Wednesday 27 November 2013 by Daniel McGlinchey. No comments.
“We would have rather served under the Australian flag than a fake Japanese one!” said a sprightly Second World War veteran. He had just asked me if an Australian made replica Japanese flag was still on display. It was going to be used on Motor Launch (ML) 814 during Operation Mosquito in 1943 to confuse the enemy if they were spotted. It was around 2009 and I was honoured to find that I was talking to Marsden Carr Hordern a veteran who had sailed on ML 814 during Operation Mosquito.
“Pulled out of bed in the dead of night by a large monster that ultimately turned out to be a man with his gas mask on.” - Captain Robert Grieve of the 37th Battalion.
Gas masks saved lives but also caused fatalities. They were extremely uncomfortable and hampered the movement of the men, inducing fatigue, disorientation, and confusion.
Corporal Arthur Thomas of 6th Battalion wrote 19 March 1918:
Friday 20 September 2013 by Craig Blanch. No comments.
First World War Centenary, Collection, Collection Highlights, Personal Stories Zeebrugge, Distinguished Service Cross, HMS Iris II, HMAS Australia
Tuesday 13 August 2013 by Tamsin Hong. 16 comments.
Collection, Family history, Personal Stories badges, family history, Ambon, Rabaul, Female Relative Badge, Mothers and Widows' Badge, Prisoners of war
As part of our ongoing blog with which we hope to connect with the needs and interests of teachers and students, last week we introduced the first of our What is it? objects from the Memorial’s collection. /blog/2013/07/30/education-memorial-collection-detection/
Thank you for everyone who liked, and commented on our Facebook post. It was a great response and only makes us more excited for the next Collection Detection. So the answer....
Concealed beneath the fine jet black hairs of this bearskin headdress is the gilded flaming grenade badge of the Royal Fusiliers. The bearskin headdress worn with the traditional scarlet full dress uniform during ceremonial and state occasions by British soldiers is an impressive sight, emblematic of the sartorial military splendour of the 18th and 19th century.
Tuesday 18 June 2013 by Garth O'Connell. 2 comments.
Collection, Collection Highlights, Personal Stories Conspicious Gallantry Medal, Navigator, Lockheed Hudson, Royal Australian Air Force, No.500 Squadron RAF, Coastal Command, Maritime patrol operations, U-boat, Gibraltar, Algeria