The Boer War medal group of Lieutenant Frederick William Bell VC, including one of only six Victoria Crosses awarded to Australians in South Africa and the first awarded to a Western Australian, has gone on display at the Australian War Memorial.
Lieutenant Bell’s VC action occurred on 16 May 1901 at Brakpan in the Transvaal region of South Africa. His citation from 1901 reads:
During NAIDOC Week 2016 the Australian War Memorial will commemorate the proud service and sacrifice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in times of war.
In a special NAIDOC Week Last Post Ceremony tonight, Memorial will honour Indigenous serviceman Private Maitland Madge. Private Madge enlisted when he was 21 and served at Pozières, where he was awarded the Military Medal. He enlisted again in the Second World War, aged 45, and served on Singapore, where he died as a prisoner of war in Changi in 1945.
Former Prime Minister of Australia the Honourable John Howard OM AC today launched the fifth volume of the official history of Australia’s peacekeeping, humanitarian and post–Cold War operations at the Australian War Memorial.
Content and talent for the Western Front centenary
Today, marks 100 years since the battle of the Somme was launched on the Western Front and to commemorate this anniversary the Australian War Memorial will hold a Last Post Ceremony this evening.
To assist media with their First World War centenary coverage the Memorial’s media team has updated the online media centre, making it easier for to access content direct from the Memorial. www.awm.gov.au/media
The guitar John Schumann used to create his Vietnam War–era song “I was Only 19” is now on loan to the Australian War Memorial, and will be displayed on Vietnam Veterans Day to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan.
Australian War Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson today accepted the loan of the guitar used to write Schumann’s iconic anthem for veterans of the Vietnam War.