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

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)

Australia – New Zealand Cricket Test to Remember

The carefully-folded flyer among old Pa’s war effects advertising a 1943 Anzac cricket match just didn’t make sense. Old Pa was a prisoner-of-war then, and surely not in a position to be attending an international cricket match? The flyer promotes an international cricket match, to be played on August 14th and 15th, 1943 though it … More Australia – New Zealand Cricket Test to Remember

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