Letters and Stories
Read the stories of the brave men and women who went to war
and their connection to the region.
Evacuation: a successful strategy at last – but soaked in blood and wreathed in the ghosts of sacrificed comrades.
Hamel was a small town but its capture by the Australians inspired the Allies on the Western Front.
We came out after fierce fighting
In the wake of showing the stretched Germans could be stopped at Villers-Bretonneux and driven back at Le Hamel.
‘So long, Tom,’ was the answer at Lone Pine, ‘see you again in half an hour’.
Sooner to be back at old Pialba
‘ … would sooner be … at old Pialba with the tent and fishing line … catching whiting.’
Lone Pine lives on in legends
Would the real Lone Pine please stand up?
Gallipoli toll: Almost 400,000 from both sides left dead or wounded in Gallipoli.
Disastrous August offensive
Locked into entrenched stalemates with occasional costly but inconsequential forays, the Gallipoli campaign.
I never expected to get out of this place
‘… there is nothing but shell holes in this part …’
Turkish tenacity and a brilliant leader
A Turkish Lieutenant Colonel with piercing blue eyes and a powerful presence stepped forward as the Anzacs landed.
August 6 - Major Chapman killed by shell-fire
The Maryborough man who was the first Anzac to step ashore at Gallipoli.
A bleak winter looms
After the heat, hundreds freeze to death in trenches. ‘It has been snowing all day and my hands are like blocks of wood
Below to the right lay the Australian trenches at The Nek, the narrow strip of flat land about the size of a football field.
At the fork
‘Men passing the fork in Monash Valley used to glance at the place (as one of them said) as a man looks at a haunted house.’ – Charles Bean.
July 1, 1916 – The worst day in British military history
Street Address: Queens Park Maryborough, British Army graveyard at Ypres The first battle of Ypres began on October 20, 1914, near the end of the Race for the Sea. It took a heavy toll on three nations but Britain reeled from 58,155 casualties made up mainly...