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

History of 14th AIF Battalion to aid mystery war photo search

“As the centuries pass, there will arise a great craving in Australia for exact and positive information as to her participation in the World War, and the marvelous deeds performed therein by her virile sons.” (Wanliss, N 1929, p.17) Update: 7th June 2016: Click here for MEMBLOG of the men of the 3rd Reinforcements to … More History of 14th AIF Battalion to aid mystery war photo search

Nominal Roll – 14th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements AIF (WW1)

By creating a transcription list of the 3rd reinforcements 14th Battalion I’d hoped to create a tool to identify a mystery war photo but instead found myself with more than I bargained for. Click Here for the Roll Transcript I thought the original nominal roll from Australia’s War Memorial website could lead me to descendants of … More Nominal Roll – 14th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Reinforcements AIF (WW1)

Remembering a Postman Soldier

Remembrance Day takes on special meaning this year for New Zealander Christine Bradley, who went searching for her postman grandfather’s missing war medals only to find he was one of the first Australian WW1 soldiers to successfully send a farewell bottle-message home by sea. 58 year-old Christine is tickled pink at finding her Tasmanian-born grandfather … More Remembering a Postman Soldier

Messages from the Sea – WW1 bottle-post notes

Hastily-written notes by Australian soldiers, departing for the first World War began washing up on Australia’s coast soon after the first troopships departed. The soldier’s messages to family and friends were cast overboard in sealed bottles, tossed to the ocean in the hope the communications would make it to shore. “The practice of placing messages … More Messages from the Sea – WW1 bottle-post notes

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