Anzac Day Stories

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


Albert Rance Serial No. 6807

My Great Uncle Albert Rance Serial No. 6807 was in the First world war. Albert Rance was born in Western Australia in January 1893 and lived with his parents James and Ellen Mary Rance in Mt. Lawley later he worked as a roof plumber with hs oldest Brother Henry before volunteering...

By Len Rance
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Raymond Monaghan Hayes

My Mother's uncle, Raymond Monaghan Hayes was the first man from the Snowy Mountain area of NSW to be killed at Gallipoli and there is a memorial park in his name in Cooma - this town is said to be the entrance to the Snowy. He embarked at Sydney...

By Ted Washbrook
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Chief Petty Officer Victor Pegler Oakey

It is about 42 years of naval service to the Empire in both England and Australia the country Victor came to call home during peace and war time. Victor Pegler Oakey was born in Liverpool, England on the 23 August I887 ,the youngest child of William Henry Okey of Stroud and Elizabeth Okey ( nee Jones) of Bristol. He had two brothers (William and Ernest) and a sister ( Esther ) ...Victor's father, was in the Royal Navy and served aboard HMS Royal Alfred...

By Tara McMahon
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John Dahl

John Dahl was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1871 and he arrived in Australia aged 2 years and 11 months in 1873 (1). His parents were Bertel Christian and Caroline Dahl (nee Burkli). Records show that Bertel Christian arrived at Brisbane aboard the ship Lammershagen in January of 1873 and his mother Caroline arrived aboard the Friedeburg in August of the same year however there is no record of John aboard either vessel....

By Robyn Dahl
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