From 1914 to 1918, 416,809 Australians served their country in World War One. Many of these soldiers wrote home about their experiences and often these letters were published in local papers offering the community fragments of information about the lives of their family and friends at the front. This section is a direct link to the Anzac experience, where you can read about their observations, their struggles and the courage of those who served.
Copy of a letter from Sapper O. G. Pettit, 6th Co., Field Engineers, Boulogne, 10 December 1919. WWI. Continue Reading →
Soldier’s Letters: Written by Signaller/Sergeant W. H. Pethard, 7th Battalion, between 1914 and 1917 (6 Letters)
Six letters by Signaller/Sergeant W. H. Pethard, 7th Battalion, written between 1915 and 1917 Continue Reading →
World War II letter from Middlesex UK to family in Australia describing bombing raids over England. Continue Reading →
Copy of part of a letter from Lieutenant Karl Joseph Fourdrinier, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Brigade AIF, to his sister at Darlinghurst Sydney. 1915. Continue Reading →
WWI Soldiers letter. William James Richardson, 7th Battalion, AIF, 8 December 1918 writing from Sar Potteries to his father in Australia. Continue Reading →
The writer is a young lawyer of Sydney. He has declined offers of military advancement preferring to serve in the ranks. This diary throws open the day-to-day life of the soldier at Gallipoli. There is something more intimate than is found in a hurried letter inspired by one sensational event. Our young lawyer became sick (one notes the record of his ailments with sympathy), and big things happened while he was away. His Diary was resumed when he returned to the Peninsula. Then come the entries relating to the wonderful evacuation. Continue Reading →