Reflections on a century of service

Below you’ll find short stories about South Australian servicemen and women, their families and their communities. You will also find below the Anzac Centenary Think Piece series contributed by South Australian military historians, authors, academics, educators, and journalists.

To receive the weekly Think Piece via email register here. Some stories have been sources and researched via the RSL Virtual War Memorial which aims to deliver a compelling account of the service and sacrifice of these men and women. Do you have a story about a South Australian individual, family or community that reflects the Anzac Centenary? If so submit your story, photo or video directly to the website at the “submit a story” button. If you want some guidance on how to prepare your story, be sure to contact us at veteranssa@sa.gov.au. Submissions are reviewed  before being posted to the site.

 

The Great War – 14 – 20 December, 1917

…it seems that many battles of 1917 – Bullecourt, Messines, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, perhaps even Passchendaele – elude popular cultural imagination. Ghastly though they were, they lacked the form, […]

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Did you know – First Lady of the Fleet

On Saturday 09 December HMAS Success became ‘First Lady of the Fleet’, the title bestowed upon the senior Major Fleet Unit in the RAN. As the Grand Lady HMAS Darwin […]

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The Second Conscription Referendum – 1917

Are you in favour of the proposal of the Commonwealth Government for reinforcing the Commonwealth Forces overseas? As we look back 100 years ago and reflect on The Great War […]

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Lost WW1 Medal returned to family

On 10 November 1916 Private Arthur Edward Bray (Service Number 2891) died of wounds received in action serving with the 32nd Infantry Battalion.  He was buried in the Etretat Churchyard […]

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Battle of the Beach Heads

The beachhead battles of Gona, Buna and Sanananda formed the final, bloody stage of the campaign in Papua during 1942-43.  From mid-November 1942 exhausted, battle-weary Australian and inexperienced American troops […]

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HMAS Australia, Her service and the Mutiny

….but the battle cruiser, both majestic and forbidding at the same time, was something different. She was the embodiment of the Commonwealth’s own sea power, and unquestionably superior to every […]

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Christmas on the Battlefield 1917 – 2017

Christmas is a wonderful time of year to share with family and friends, but over the years servicemen and women have spent this time of year away from loved ones. […]

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The Great War – 7 – 13 December, 1917

At the end of 1917 there was no more significant city to the British Empire than Jerusalem. Holy to Christian, Jew and Muslim, the capture of the city, so steeped […]

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The Great War – 30 November – 6 December, 2017

‘That is the stuff the young Australian Flying Corps is made of. It is creating for itself a great name. But what one notices especially is the pride of every […]

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The Great War – 23 – 29 November, 1917

For one South Australian family, Friday 23 November 1917 will forever be etched in their memory. On this day, the Edward and Amelia Nicolle family lost their son, Wilfred on […]

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