Like many families, the Gray family saw a number of their boys go off to World War One. These young men would have different fates.
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The roles of women in war, both on the war front and the home front have been downplayed, or ignored, made invisible to history. Historian Professor Melanie Oppenheimer explores women’s uneasy relationship with the Anzac tradition.
The Skinner family history outlines the life and times of Archer Angus Skinner, of the 12th Battalion.
There is a link death cannot sever; love and remembrance last forever.
During the First World War, the Australian Army's enlistment age was 21 years or 18 years with the permission of a parent or guardian. Although boys aged 14-17 could enlist as buglers, trumpeters and musicians, many gave false ages in order to join as soldiers. Many thought the war would be over by Christmas and here was an opportunity for a great adventure.
Alec Campbell falsified his age and was 16 when he enlisted for World War One. The kid soldier was to become the last ANZAC standing, until he died on 17 May 2002 at the age of 103.
Hudson Fysh was born in Launceston, Tasmania, on 7 January 1895. The 19-year-old wool classer from St Leonards enlisted with the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and embarked from Hobart on the HMAT Geelong A2 on 20 October 1914.