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.

 

Battle of Maryang San

On 3-8 October, 1951 the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, took part in the Battle of Maryang-San, Korea. The operation began on 3 October with a British assault on one […]

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Battle of Megiddo

The Battle of Megiddo, from 19 September until 1 October 1918, was the name given to the action that launched the final Allied offensive against the Turks in Palestine and […]

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Loss of HMAS AE1

His Majesty’s Australian Submarine AE1 was launched at Barrow-in-Furness, England on 22 May 1913 and was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at Portsmouth on 28 February 1914 under […]

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Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize 2018 –Privates Frantz Albert and Lionel Theodore Claude Docking – By Lila Weidenbach

“When we see the boys returning Our hearts do ache with pain, To think that you boys are not there, And will never come again.” This touching insert in The […]

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Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize 2018 – William Charles Nightingale Waite – By Angelique Dellaney

All service men and women who served within WW1 experienced horrendous things that no human would ever wish on another. The battlefronts of Gallipoli, the Western Front and throughout the […]

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The Halbury Quilters

I have long been of the opinion that the heart of our country beats from our small country towns. It was men and boys from these towns who answered the […]

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Victory in the Pacific Day

The 73rd Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day (VP Day) will be commemorated on Wednesday 15 August 2018.  Also referred to as VJ Day (Victory over Japan), VP Day […]

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Centenary of the Battle of Mont St Quentin

At the end of August 1918 German troops were defending the strategically important stronghold of Mont St Quentin.  Mont St Quentin overlooks the Somme River approximately 1.5km north of the […]

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The Battles in the Hindenburg Line – The Australian Flying Corps

Following the Allied capture of the strategically important elevated position of Mont St Quentin and the German retreat from the township of Péronne on 2 September 2018 the German Army […]

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War Letters of General Monash

WAR LETTERS OF GENERAL MONASH France, 11 August 1918 I snatch a few minutes late in the evening to give you brief particulars of an exceptionally interesting day. Villers-Bretonneux is […]

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