Patrick George GREEN, 907 – RTA – ID# 407

407A different world

Life in Australia in the 21st century is vastly different to the environment which our World War 1 ancestors knew. Their parents were our pioneers striving to make a life for their families in undeveloped bush regions.Their lives were tough, their sons and daughters had to be forged in steel to survive.

I wonder how many of us would have the sheer grit the average person needed to live in the south west of Western Australia in those early days.


"Peachy" Green respected Turkish soldiers

Frederick Noel Gilkinson ARNOT - RTA - ID# 335

ARNOT, Frederick Noel Gilkinson S#510 Cheops ID#335



"I loved this flag"



It was The Kalgoorlie Miner of Friday 21st August which stated that Fred Arnot had indeed been chosen as one of the last twenty four and that afternoon, led by three pipers and a drummer, he marched to the Kalgoorlie Railway station with his fellow recruits and left on his great adventure, an adventure which was to last four long harrowing and arduous years. 

2nd Lt. Samuel Henry JACKSON - RTA - ID# 681

2Lt Samuel Henry JACKSON


Part 1 - The Jacksons and Archibalds - Extraordinary service, extraordinary lives



Family Background

To gain an insight into the family background of Samuel Henry Jackson and the influences on his life, one only needs to read the Funeral Notice of his father, Samuel Bowman Jackson, as published in The West Australian of Thursday 22 May, 1941.

S# 821 Private Charles William POWER - DOS

1 A11 Ascanius 1a AWM H16157 150x150On this day - 11 November 1914 - On board HMAT Ascanius (A11) the second death of the 11th Battalion after embarkation.821 Private Charles William Power, G Company, died of pneumonia and was buried at sea, just one day after the first soldier from the 11th Battalion died.

Private Charles William Power was a single man, a farmer 19 and a half years of age, his next of kin being his parents Mary and Alfred Power, named as his father Alfred, farmers at Birchip in Victoria.

S# 21 Private Frederick Courtney - DOS

A7 HMAT Medic slwa b1985973On this day - 10 November 1914 - On board HMAT Medic (A7) first death of the 11th Battalion after embarkation.

21 Private Frederick Courtney, A Company, died of sickness (pneumonia) at 3:30 am, and was buried at sea at 11:00 am.

Pte Courtney was a single man, 21 years of age, his next of kin being his father at No. 1 State Mill at Manjimup, Western Australia.

poppy2 Hugh Richard (Dick) BIGGIN - KIA - ID# 009

Pte. BIGGIN, Hugh Richard 150 - Cheops Pyramid 10 Jan 1915 - ID# 009

"Yours till the cows come home"

True to character, the charismatic larrikin, Hugh (Dick) Biggin undertook the strenuous climb to the top of the Cheops Pyramid on that tenth day of January 1915. There he was photographed amidst his 11th Battalion comrades, bayonet in hand and a half smile on his handsome face. He was but metres away from a relative by marriage, David (Pink Top) Simcock who occupied the uppermost position on the pyramid.