A wonderful record of 2468 men and a some women involved in the Great War 1914-18, mainly those who actually served overseas. 2334 portraits are included. The biographical particulars were supplied by the relatives and personal friends of the men who proceeded on active service abroad. The photographs in every case have also been furnished either directly or indirectly by the relatives and friends.
The following information is often given:
- Record of military service,
- where and when enlisted
- training and battalions
- where and when sailed
- details of service overseas
- medals awarded
- parents, wives, and often children
- birth place and school/s attended - often in other states or countries
- occupation before enlisting
... many other service and personal details may be given
The re-issue of this record on CD will be a marvelous resource for family, local and military historians. But it serves a further purpose - the stated hope of the compiler that the record of these men and women "will be handed down from generation to generation as historic proof of the noble self sacrifice of the Australian fighting forces in the Great War."
A Sample Biography: ANDERSON, John William Gordon, Private, No. 2615, 42nd Battalion. Born at Bundaberg. Educated at Barolin State School and Maryborough Grammar School. Son of Andrew and Christina Anderson. Prior to enlisting was on the office staff at Moreton Central Sugar Mill, at Nambour. Enlisted on 1st July, 1915, and was rejected. Again enlisted September 9th, 1916. Went into camp in October, 1916. Sailed with 6th Reinforcements, 47th Battalion, on October 27th, 1916. Arrived in England, and was attached to 12th T.B. Band. Went to France on 7th December, 1917, and joined 42nd Battalion January 3rd, 1918. Served with battalion till May 25th, when he was severely mustard gassed at Villiers Brettoneaux. Rejoined his battalion on July 13th, and went through the "Big Push," starting 8th August, and was again gassed on August 25th. Sent to England, and was in training when the Armistice was signed. Left England 18th December, 1918, and arrived in Brisbane on 14th February, 1919.
Originally produced by Archive CD Books Australia in 2004, this title has now been remastered and
re-released, and includes better searching capability. This CD contains high quality scanned images of
the whole of the original volume, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.