Anzac Day Stories

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


Bert Bluestein

My great uncle Bert Bluestein went to WW1 and sent back a letter to his father that was published in the Argus newspaper on Wednesday, 9th June 1915. Read the letter....

By Marina and Kim Davis
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George E. Lillie, 3rd Brigade, 9th Batallion

Here is a transcript of a WW1 diary kept by my mother's young brother, George E. Lillie, 3rd Brigade, 9th Batallion, who was killed in the Gallipoli campaign. The first page, unfortunately is missing. I also have photos of George Lillie and mention of his name on the Wall of Honour, National War Memorial, Canberra...

By Heather Noakes
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Rifleman Hugh Cairnduff

"On the 24th July, 1916 our Troop (No.1) was under very heavy rifle and machine gun fire at Molongoli. Several of our men were wounded, and two killed. The man next to Rifleman Cairnduff (Hannah by name), was amongst the wounded. As soon as Rifleman Cairnduff noticed Hannah had been hit, he ran to his assistance and under perfect hail of bullets dragged him into comparative shelter, and although they were both to a certain extent still exposed to fire...

By Allan Cairnduff
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Corporal Leslie Stevens, 38th Batallion Australian Infantry

Leslie Stevens was a Corporal in the 38th Batallion Australian Infantry (Service No. 1305). He enlisted at Nagambie 12th Feb. 1916 and was killed in action on Thursday 25th Jan. 1917. He is buried in Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery Armentieres, France. Grave Reference/Panel No III.D.27. I visited his grave 16/4/2010. His enlistment papers show he was teaching at Ryanston Sth Gippsland.....

By Stan Anderson
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