Between 1915 and 1918, more than 416,000 young Australians ventured around the globe in service to the British Empire, their country and each other. They served in theatres of war from Western Europe and the Balkans to Africa, Egypt and, of course, Turkey.
More than 60,000 soldiers, medical staff and nurses didn’t return home. Those who did, told their individual stories of living the war in different ways – in images, photo albums, diaries and, in the case of Stanley ‘Roley’ Mills, in his own audio recordings.
This online gallery complements our Writing the war exhibition, currently showing in Palmer Hall, and presents just a sample of the WWI stories held by the Library.
Each story presents a haunting blend of personal courage, humour, horror, sadness and insight.