Category Archives: Diggers of First AIF

ANZAC Day in the time of Coronavirus

1st Battalion at Mena Pyramids Source: Alan Andrews’ souvenir postcard collection. Due to the impact of the Coronavirus and control measures implemented, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Anzac Memorial in Sydney and Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne are closed to … Continue reading

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Australian DIGGER stories on-line

The Families and Friends of the First AIF has brought its vast collection of Australian DIGGER stories on-line for its Members. First Issue 2002  and 2003 All 78 editions of DIGGER published from October 2002 are now available for reading … Continue reading

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More identified from Fromelles

On 26 May 2014 the Assistant Minister for Defence, The Hon Stuart Robert MP, announced the names of a further 20 previously unidentified Australian soldiers who died at the Battle of Fromelles in 1916. 2560 Sgt David Samuel Anderson was amongst … Continue reading

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Fromelles Update July 2013

Half of the Diggers from Pheasant Wood have been named. The graves of 124 of the 250 soldiers whose remains were recovered from the communal pits near Pheasant Wood, Fromelles in French Flanders and were reburied with full military honours … Continue reading

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9 Fromelles Diggers named

DNA tests have identified nine more soldiers killed in the Battle of Fromelles on 19th July, 1916. The graves of these soldiers will now be given their identity in the Pheasant Wood, Fromelles Cemetery. Their names are: Private Leonard Broadhurst (3013) , Sydney, … Continue reading

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Fromelles ID Board Reconvenes

On the 23 March 2012 the third annual United Kingdom and Australian Joint Identification Board will convene in London in an effort to formally identify some of the remaining 140 unknown soldiers who are buried in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) … Continue reading

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Bapaume Honour Roll

A Roll of Honour Plaque will be dedicated on 26 March 2011 in Bapaume to the men of the AIF who were killed on March 25/26 1917 in an explosion in Bapaume Town Hall. Photo: Privates Charles Neild and Alexander … Continue reading

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Brothers In Arms

Johan Vanderwalle, co-author of Beneath Flanders Fields – The Tunneller’s War, is visiting Australia in a quest to honour the fallen Diggers of the Great War. Photo: Johan Vanderwalle and Lambis Engelzos In 2007 Johan played a key role in the … Continue reading

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Smithy's Anniversary

Charles Kingsford Smith 1897 – 1935 This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the death of one of Australia’s most famous aviators – Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. Many recognize him as the face on the A$20 note but few know … Continue reading

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Unit History help

FFFAIF member Stuart Curry is researching the 13th Field Artillery Brigade and the 14th Machine Gun Company (5th Division) with a view to completing the writing of their unit histories. To help in telling the story of the men who … Continue reading

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