Reflections on a century of service

Think Piece (1)In this section you will find stories about South Australian servicemen and women, their families and their communities.

Each story has been classified under an Anzac Value that has been selected by the author to best reflect what the story is about. In some cases stories are listed under multiple Anzac Values.

You will find some stories marked as ‘Think Pieces’. These are pieces contributed by eminent South Australians, military historians, authors, academics, educators, journalists, and other specialists who have a particular interest and/or expertise in the Anzac Centenary and in Australia’s military history.  A think piece will be added to this section every week.

If you would like to receive the new ‘think piece’ direct to your inbox each week you can register here.

You will also find essays written by South Australian year 9 and 10 students, who are the recipients of the Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize. 

Some stories have been sourced and researched via the RSL Virtual War Memorial which is a resource and repository for anyone wanting to research, study or contribute to the commemoration of  South Australia’s and the Northern Territory’s socio-military history, from the Boer War to the present day.

Do you have a story about a South Australian individual, family or community that reflects on the Anzac Centenary? If so we would love you to submit your story or photo or video or artwork direct to the website. 

We can also offer you tips and tricks for preparing your story if you’re not sure how to start.  We invite you to contact us for assistance, or to upload directly via this link.  We review submissions prior to posting live. We can also link from your story to the story of your relative on the RSL’s Virtual War Memorial.

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Think Piece: Who is worthy?

Is any one service person more worthy than another to be called a veteran? In late 2016 I appeared before the panel for the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References […]

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Think Piece: Remembering David Paterson

The 20 March marks the 46th anniversary of the death of Second Lieutenant David Paterson, the only Australian teacher killed in action in Vietnam. Six years earlier, David had started […]

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Battle of Java

On the 1st of February 1942 the 2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion (less B Company), 2nd/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 2nd/6th Field Company and a number of support battalions boarded the troopship Orcades en-route […]

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The War in Iraq – March 2003

At 10:16 PM (US EST) on Wednesday 19 March 2003, President George W Bush addressed the American people, and the rest of the world, from the Oval Office in the […]

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Centenary of the First Battle of Gaza

Sunday 26 March 2017 marks the centenary of the First Battle of Gaza; the first in a series of allied attacks to capture Gaza and advance into Palestine. The Allies […]

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From Bapaume to Bullecourt: 1917

This month we commemorate further fighting on the Western Front in 1917, specifically the centenary of battles at Bapaume and the First Battle of Bullecourt. In 1916 Australian soldiers experienced […]

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Air Battle for Port Moresby

Port Moresby was a highly significant defensive location for the Allies, especially Australia. If Japanese forces occupied Port Moresby they would have been able to launch attacks on mainland Australia […]

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Lagnicourt a black day for Germany

In April 1917 Lagnicourt, a small village in Northern France, became the scene of an ill-conceived German counter-attack led by General Otto von Moser, commander of the German XIV Reserve […]

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Private Joergen Christian Jensen VC

“At Noreuil on the 2nd of April, 1917 this man took charge of five men and attacked a barricade behind which were 40/50 Germans with a machine gun. One of […]

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The Bandsmen of Bapaume

In early spring of 1917, after a winter of almost unbearable trench duty on the Somme, German forces began to withdraw to the Hindenburg Line. Allied troops advanced and the […]

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