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.

Good god Bill, what's happened to my brigade?

The full horror of the sacrifice of the 5th Division at Fromelles sunk in slowly in Australia.

Periscopes and Rifles

The periscope rifle devised by Lance Corporal William Beech after five of his comrades were killed in the Turkish May offensive.

Hamel

Hamel was a small town but its capture by the Australians inspired the Allies on the Western Front.

Verdun

The battle of Verdun was one of the longest costly battles in World War I.

August 6 - Major Chapman killed by shell-fire

The Maryborough man who was the first Anzac to step ashore at Gallipoli.

6800 Australians killed

In the fighting around Pozieres, the British 48th Division lost 2844 casualties from 16–28 July and 2505 more from 13 August.

British Army Graveyard Kindermord

The first battle of Ypres began on October 20, 1914, near the end of the Race for the Sea.

Pozieres : July - August 1916

‘… we realised at last that we were at war …’

Fromelles

‘The stock of a thousand butcher-shops’

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

Suvla Bay

Despite facing only light opposition, the landing at Suvla as part of the August offensive was hopelessly mismanaged.

On we went as if in a dream (Multi Media Box 3)

“ ... on we went as if in a dream ..’

Germans sweep through Belgium

Germany’s invasion of neutral Belgium to attack France prompted Britain to declare war on Germany.

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