Anzac Day Stories

Honouring the brave men & women who represented their country during war.


George James (Jim) Payne

Was born in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, however he and my father both served for New Zealand. I feel this is a true ANZAC story. My Grandfather served in both the 1st and 2nd World Wars, fighting in Gallipoli and France, where he was shot in the leg. When we were kids we would ask him why he had a big lump on his knee and scars on his leg. He would never speak of his experiences in the so called ”Great War to end all wars”...

By Jennifer and Collette Gainfort
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Donald Lindsay Sproule

My late father, Lieutenant Donald Lindsay Sproule was in 7th Division Signals during WW2. His photo appears on page 49 of the book "Signals" - he was "snapped" whilst on a boat, playing his bagpipes, as the men were leaving for the Middle East. His beloved bagpipes travelled with him throughout the war. At one time, his pipes were on a ship which was bombed...

By Laurie Porter
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Brothers, George Dorman and Robert Dorman

My Grandfather's two brothers were George Dorman who joined the army on September 23rd 1914 in Sydney & served in France in World War; and Robert who joined up in Leichhardt on January 21st 1916 also serving in France. Robert was killed in action. George was discharged because he was wounded on April 26th at Gallipoli...

By Marea Dorman
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George Hicks

A Soldier in our family who was killed at Poziers, France, 17 July 1916, George Hicks was a great Uncle` George Hicks, married to Syble Brown. It would appear...

By Marlyn Hackelton
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