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.

 

Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize 2018 – Sergeant Horace Alfred Cadd – By Koby Poulton

It’s 4am on July 31st 1917 and Private Alfred Cadd and his unit are attempting to transport wounded soldiers in Belgium. They waited until 4am to avoid alerting the enemy […]

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Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize 2018 – Private Lloyd Leonard Mahoney – By Kelly Parkin

  Private Lloyd Leonard Mahoney fought in Gallipoli, Turkey, and northern France in the Battle of Pozieres. The 1915 Gallipoli campaign involved the unsuccessful plan of the Allies to force […]

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Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize 2018 – Thomas William Victor Richardson – By Oliver Shephard-Bayly

Anzacs lived through the extreme experiences of war on the Western Front and demonstrated remarkable determination and courage. These trenches were unlike any battle field that came before. Over 29 […]

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Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize 2018 – William Charles Westbury – By Neva van Raalte

William Charles Westbury was part of the 10th Australian Battalion who landed on the shores of Gallipoli on April 25th 1915. He also served in the horrendous battle at Mouquet […]

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Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize 2018 – Private Raymond Charles Runga – By Lucy Smith

The experiences of the Australian men and women who served in the First World War can be defined as challenging and traumatic. These service men and women deserve to be […]

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Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize 2018 – Private Raymond Charles Runga – By Jenny Tran

What of the famous ‘Anzac spirit’ when Aboriginal man, Raymond Charles ‘Charlie’ Runga, enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) to serve his country in the First World War (WW1)? […]

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Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize 2018 – Matron Ethel Sarah Davidson – By Holly Wallman

It was the moment that her world stood still. For one fleeting moment, her heart stopped. This was a world war. Her eyes would see countless bullets, her ears would […]

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Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize 2018 – Sister Anne Donnell – By Ella Frampton

Sister Anne Donnell was born on October 31st, 1878 in southern Adelaide to her parents William Donnell (1830-1881) and Fanny Jacobs (1846-1888). Anne had 4 siblings, Issac, Mary,  Elizabeth and […]

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Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize 2018 – Sister Anne Donnell – By Diana Hunt

Sister Anne Donnell They hit the shore, you could hear the shots from the Dardanelles. They reached the “hospital”, a patch of rocky ground with soldiers lying in the sun, […]

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Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize 2018 – Stanley Charles Bishop – By Cassie Spada

Spanning from 1914 – 1918, the First World War is one of the bloodiest wars to have been fought. Over 16 million people, military and civilian, died during World War […]

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