Letters and Stories
Read the stories of the brave men and women who went to war
and their connection to the region.
1917 - No kin left
William Harold Wilson, who was accepted for active service yesterday, enlisted under most remarkable circumstances.
It is not necessary to leave now. Les Australians will hold them.
Fleeing in the face of the German offensive of 1918.
British Army Graveyard Kindermord
The first battle of Ypres began on October 20, 1914, near the end of the Race for the Sea.
The Pozieres map is stylised to represent the relative position of opposing forces on the Western Front and the locations of some major battles fought by Australians.
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.
‘Thus ends that fateful day that took all my mates away’
Turkish tenacity and a brilliant leader
A Turkish Lieutenant Colonel with piercing blue eyes and a powerful presence stepped forward as the Anzacs landed.
A chap's nerves soon get a bit unstrung after he has been here a bit
The year 1917 is considered the most costly for Anzacs.
‘Too Dark for the Light Horse’
My nerve is completely gone
L/Cpl J. F. Kerr: Just a few lines to let you know I am safe.
Barely one in 10 returned
Lt. George Alfred Still, from Maryborough, awarded the Military Cross at Fromelles.
A shift in attitudes to failed leadership and a valiant enemy
Hamel was a small town but its capture by the Australians inspired the Allies on the Western Front.
The Turkish Offensive
Turkish May offensive: The Man with the Donkey dies and another legend is born.
Disease, heat and flies
As the summer swelter set in, the Anzacs cursed billions of flies drawn by unsanitary conditions.