How well does the ANZAC legend tell the story of individual Australian soldiers during World War One?
The 2014 Simpson Prize Question requires students to respond to the question using both the 2014 Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection (below) and their own research. It is expected that students will make effective use of a minimum of 3 of the sources. It is also expected that up to half of their response will make use of information drawn from their own knowledge and research.
4 August 1916:
We are lousy, stinking, ragged, unshaven and sleepless. Even when we’re back a bit we can’t sleep for our own guns. I have one puttee, a dead man’s helmet, another dead man’s gas protector, a dead man’s bayonet. My tunic is rotten with other men’s blood and partly splattered with a dead man’s brains. It is horrible, but why should you people at home not know? Several of my friends are raving mad. I met three officers out in no man’s Land the other night, all rambling and mad. Poor Devils!
France. c. 1917. Formal group portrait of seven members of the 3rd Tunnelling Company, AIF. One of these men is 5777 Sapper Herbert Mason whose message on the reverse of the postcard refers to the group as "ear wiggers", a nickname given to tunnellers. Note the unidentified Aboriginal front row centre.