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.
The Craig brothers had different experiences during the World War One. Frederick was awarded a Military Medal and was later reported as missing in action. William was taken prisoner by the Germans, while George was reported as still fighting the foe.
Timothy Dillon enlisted at the age of 40. His 21-year-old nephew, William, also enlisted.
Police constable John Butler lost two sons during World War One.
There is a link death cannot sever; love and remembrance last forever.
Private Ethelbert (Bertie) Binns was welcomed home by family and the community. Local men who did not return from World War One were also remembered with special presentations to their mothers.