Letters and Stories
Read the stories of the brave men and women who went to war
and their connection to the region.
On we went as if in a dream (Multi Media Box 3)
“ ... on we went as if in a dream ..’
The British at Cape Helles
French troops engaged in a diversionary landing on the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles.
Barely one in 10 returned
Lt. George Alfred Still, from Maryborough, awarded the Military Cross at Fromelles.
As our boats sneaked on in the early morning...
On the night of April 24, naval ships with steam pinnaces and rowboats on board.
‘The stock of a thousand butcher-shops’
My nerve is completely gone
L/Cpl J. F. Kerr: Just a few lines to let you know I am safe.
Germans sweep through Belgium
Germany’s invasion of neutral Belgium to attack France prompted Britain to declare war on Germany.
Letter tells of daily blunders
‘I hope whoever started this war will be punished for it. Australia has lost a lot of her best men.’
Monash - A fit leader for the wild men he commanded
In May 1918, Australia’s five divisions were united into a single corps on the Western Front.
Periscopes and Rifles
The periscope rifle devised by Lance Corporal William Beech after five of his comrades were killed in the Turkish May offensive.
A glimpse of the sea
‘… a glimpse of the sea – we knew perfectly well that this hill was the key to victory or defeat.’
In the foothills success - above the impossible
August offensive began on August 6 with a diversionary attack on Lone Pine.
Wonderful endurance and self-sacrifice
Before the war, I never dreamt that just average men could do so well.
No solid mass of bullets
About 200 ships, one of the largest armadas in history, gathered at Mudros Bay.
Disease, heat and flies
As the summer swelter set in, the Anzacs cursed billions of flies drawn by unsanitary conditions.
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...