They were only boys: WW1 Private Thomas Chettle 3rd Rfts 14th Battalion

A ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ is just one of the few mementos John Thomas Chettle’s family have as a keepsake of their Australian soldier who fought in the Gallipoli Campaign during World War 1. Like some 8,709 other Australian soldiers Private Chettle never made it home.       Melbourne realtor Mark Wood said his grandmother … More They were only boys: WW1 Private Thomas Chettle 3rd Rfts 14th Battalion

AIF Private #511 – John Joseph Hannaford Williams

Private #511, D Company, 12th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division ALL AUSTRALIAN BRIGADE Just two years after being rescued from a horrendous fire in the Mt Lyall mine in Tasmania, my grandfather’s brother John Joseph Hannaford Williams was among the first to sign-up to serve in the World War 1. John was a Ballarat boy, … More AIF Private #511 – John Joseph Hannaford Williams

The Booley Boys at War

Jim Booley didn’t come home from the first World war. Seventy years later his sister Jean started into tears when asked what happened to Jim. She fetched a handkerchief and drying her eyes turned and put the kettle on. ‘I was just a little girl’ she said plaintively. ‘I didn’t get to say goodbye.’ Jean sat … More The Booley Boys at War