Anzac Day Stories

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


Private Lesley Aurthur Wilkinson

My 2nd Cousin twice removed: Private Lesley Aurthur Wilkinson - Service number 609 of the 11th Battalion. Lesley a country boy from York, a Counter Hand at the time, enlisted in the Army on 21 August 1914. I imagine he had many mixed feelings on this fateful day. His journey began when he Embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A11 "Ascanius", he then Embarked EMT "Suffolk" which took him to Gallipoli Peninsula, Alexandria on the 2 March 1915...

Rod and Jenny Burrows
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Private John (Jack) James Herring, 51st Battalion AIF

My Uncle Jack, my dad’s eldest brother, was killed in France during WWI. I never met him, but he has been part of my life every ANZAC day ever since I can remember (I’m now 75 years). My siblings and I went to every Anzac Day celebration, first in Bunbury and then wherever we were, to remember him and to give thanks to him and all service men and women. My Dad never came with us, I think the loss was too painful...

By Patricia McQueen
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Eric George Henry Beeston

This photo is of my grandfather, Eric George Henry Beeston. It was taken in 1916 before he left to join the AIF in Egypt. He served as a battalion stretcher bearer and was wounded in France. He lived the rest of his life with a bullet embedded in his heart muscle until he died at age 85 in 1976....

By David Fletcher
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John Hislop

John Hislop, born 1890 in Glasgow to Thomas Hislop and Mary Ann Glass had served in the 5th Scottish Rifles in Glasgow prior to WW1. He was a crack shot and had competed in the King`s Shoot. In 1914 John had come to Australia with some inheritance money planning to become a farmer. He was still living in Melbourne when WW1 was declared so he answered the call to arms and joined the 14th Battalion AIF in Melbourne. Several days later, a chap named Albert Jacka, Reg No 465 joined the same Battalion...

By Jean Thomas
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