Letters and Stories

Read the stories of the brave men and women who went to war

and their connection to the region.

The Middle East

‘Throughout history, mounted troops have been known as the elite men of arms and the Australian Light Horse is a part of that legendary tradition.’

Billy Sing

Two months after war had been declared, a recruitment officer overlooked the Chinese ancestry of Clermont’s Billy Sing, probably because he was a prize-winning crack shot.

The British at Cape Helles

French troops engaged in a diversionary landing on the Asiatic side of the Dardanelles.

Mud is very hard for horses

Fighting in the Battle of the Somme continued until November.

Changing Attitudes

A shift in attitudes to failed leadership and a valiant enemy

The Turkish Offensive

Turkish May offensive: The Man with the Donkey dies and another legend is born.

Disastrous August offensive

Locked into entrenched stalemates with occasional costly but inconsequential forays, the Gallipoli campaign.

My nerve is completely gone

L/Cpl J. F. Kerr: Just a few lines to let you know I am safe.

The first week

Unable to achieve their objectives on the heights of Chunuk Bair and Achi Baba, the Anzacs and the British dug in. Gallipoli.

It is not necessary to leave now. Les Australians will hold them.

Fleeing in the face of the German offensive of 1918.

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

Angels of mercy and brave bearers

More than 3,000 Australian civilian nurses volunteered for active service during the First World War.

A few minutes creeping

The lads from Wide Bay District in the 15th Battalion made a brilliant bayonet charge on May 9.

Menin Road

New Zealand’s worst day on the Western Front.

The first night at Anzac

Less than 24 hours after the landing, the Gallipoli expedition leader Sir Ian Hamilton was sound asleep in his cabin aboard the warship Queen Elizabeth.