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 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize winning stories and Anzac Centenary Think Piece series contributed by South Australian military historians, authors, academics, educators, and journalists.

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.

 

75th Anniversary of the completion of the Thai Burma Railway

Following the fall of Singapore in 1942, 22,000 Australians were taken prisoner of war by the Japanese and held at Changi prison. While some were sent to Japan, Taiwan and […]

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Second Battle of El Alamein

Three major battles occurred around El Alamein between July and November 1942.  Led by General Leslie Morshead, the Australian 9th Division played a significant role in two of these with […]

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Battle of Beersheba

The Battle of Beersheba, and the charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade on 31 October 1917, will forever be remembered as an iconic moment in Australian Military History. In 1917 […]

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Wish Me Luck Exhibition

The “Wish me luck – Honouring our WWll Veterans” exhibition featured 100 photographic portraits of South Australia’s World War II Servicemen and Servicewomen.  The portraits were selected from the Australian Institute of Professional […]

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War Letters of General Monash

War letters of General Monash France, 3 November 1918 On 18 October I cabled:- “Created by King Albert Grand Officer de L’Order de la Couronne Belgium.  Monash.” You will also […]

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The Fighting Leanes of Prospect – Wendy Frew

In 1917, 25-year-old Doris Leane came home to find her favourite brother Allan dressed in full uniform and waiting for her in the garden of the family home. All of […]

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Why it is important to remember wars and those who fought in them – Sophie Garrod, Phoenix Arizona

As the Centenary of the Armistice draws near, allied countries all around the world are thinking the same thoughts as those of us here in Australia. Sophie Garrod from Phoenix, […]

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Centenary of the Battle of the Hindenburg Line

The Hindenburg Line was established in 1917 and was the last and strongest of the German army’s defence consisting of three well-defended trench systems. Following the Allied capture of the […]

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Navy Week – Chief Petty Officer Claude Choules

Navy Week is an annual event conducted in South Australia to draw attention to the presence and work of the Royal Australian Navy in South Australia.  The week is chosen […]

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Battle of Montbrehain

On 5 October 2018, a ceremony will be held in Calvaire Cemetery in Montbrehain, France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Montbrehain. The ceremony is organised by […]

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