Lest We Forget…

A sombre mood today as we list some books from our collection on The Great War…

 Somme Mud by E. P. F Lynch is available to reserve on  disc

 This first hand account of WW1 was first published in 2006.

From the synopsis:  ‘Somme Mud’ vividly captures the magnitude of war through the day-to-day experiences of an ordinary infantryman. From his first day setting sail for France as the band played ‘Boys of the Dardanelles’ and the crowd proudly waved their fresh-faced boys off, to the harsh reality of the trenches of France and its pale-faced weary men, Lynch captures the essence and contradictions of war.

Legacy: the first fifty years by Mark Lyons is available to download or on disc

From the synopsis: The first Legacy club, formed in Melbourne in 1923 by a group of young men who served in WW1, grew to 47 clubs within Australia and one in London. This is the first detailed study (commissioned by Legacy) of this uniquely Australian organization.

The Personal Diary of Nurse de Trafford edited by Martin Kevill available to download or on disc

 From the synopsis: These recollections are an account of World War I through the eyes of a nurse in Britain. Nurse de Trafford played a vital part in the tragic aftermath of the fighting at Moor Park military hospital in Preston, Lancashire.

The Other ANZACS: Nurses at war by Peter Rees available to download as audio or in 5 vols of Braille

From the synopsis: They were there for the horrors of Gallipoli and they were there for the savagery the Western Front. Within twelve hours of the slaughter at Anzac Cove they had over 500 horrifically injured patients to tend on one crammed hospital ship, and scores of deaths on each of the harrowing days that followed. Every night was a nightmare. Their strength and humanity were remarkable. Using diaries and letters, Peter Rees takes us into the hospital camps, and the wards and the tent surgeries on the edge of some of the most horrific battlefronts of human history.

Pozieres: the Anzac Story by Mark Lyons available to download, on disc  or in 6 vols of Braille

From the synopsis: This account tells the stories of those men who fought at Pozières. Drawing on their letters and diaries, it reveals a battlefield drenched in chaos, suffering, and fear.

Beneath Hill 60 by Will Davies available to download, on disc or in 3 vols of Braille

From the synopsis:  Beneath the killing fields of the Western Front, another war was taking place, a deadly game 30 metres down, played between thousands of troops. These were not infantrymen – but miners. Their mutual goal was to tunnel beneath ‘no man’s land’, under the opposing lines and destroy the German enemy from below.

Voices from the Trenches: letters home by Noel Carthew available to download or on disc

From the synopsis: As 1914 drew to a close, young Australian men marched off to do their patriotic duty for King and Country. Among these men were the three Carthew brothers, Charles, Fred and James. This is their story.

Not with Loud Grieving : women’s verse of the Great War : an anthology available to download

From the synopsis: The majority of the writings on the Great War have been from the voice of men. This anthology puts forward the voice of women, without whom there would be no men to fight. This looks at the views of women as wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters, and the emotions that women felt and experienced as a result of their men going to war.

From a different perspective we have:

German Anzacs and the First World War by John Frank Williams available to download or on disc

From the synopsis: By 1914, Australia’s German immigrants were well-regarded in their communities and made up (after Irish and Scots) the fourth-largest white ethnic community in Australia. This book traces the experiences of those young German Australian immigrants who enlisted for service in the First World War, and the many difficulties they faced.

Erich Maria Remarque : the last romantic by Hilton Tims available as a  download

From the synopsis: Few books have made so great an impact, political or literary, as Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, the most famous of all anti-war novels. But who was Remarque? Born into poverty, he moulded himself into a connoisseur of art, an author and the lover of some of the world’s most famous women. But Remarque was forever haunted by the fallout from his famous book

Turn Right at Istanbul: a walk on the Gallipoli Peninsula by Tony Wright available as a download or on disc

From the synopsis: Tony Wright stuffs a copy of his great-uncle George’s Gallipoli diary into his backpack and sets out from Sydney to discover how and why thousands of young Australians and New Zealanders make the trek to the Gallipoli Peninsula every year. Armed with a pile of notebooks, he plans to travel alone. But he keeps meeting and befriending people – a young Turkish archaeologist who reveals the secrets of Istanbul and the Turkish heart, a Turkish boy in Cappadocia who speaks English with an Irish accent and an enterprising girl paying her way to Gallipoli by selling Anzac study holders. And then there’s Tom, a 21-year-old leprechaun with the soul of a poet, who teams up with the author to walk the battlefields of Old Anzac, sail the Aegean in a barely seaworthy ferry and mutter prayers to the souls that inhabit the ridges of Gallipoli

There are also some wonderful blogs out there lovingly maintained by family members to share the experiences of their forebears through war diaries and letters to the home front…

From England there is Arthurs Letters – which covers  the late 1800’s through to 1917

From Australia The Diary of E. W Manifold – WW1 

Again from England WW1: experiences of an English soldier

A lovely Blog post here tracing the life of a young Australian digger through historical records – From Brunswick to Bullecourt

For a broader continental view of WW1, this blog may be of interest: Europeana

Also some great websites for the Australian History researcher…

The Australian War Memorial

The Australian National Maritme Museum

Women in Wartime 

 On the theme of women in wartime the following website  from the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a lot of information including first hand accounts, war records and lots more…Links to many Anzac websites

We hope you find something amongst these books and sites to enjoy. If you would like to give some feedback or alert us to a website, blog or book you would recommend please feel free to do so.

2 Responses to “Lest We Forget…”

  1. curatorialassistant Says:

    Thanks for sharing our article, great collection of stories and resources 🙂


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