Centenary of ANZAC 2014-2018

Stories

Diaries and personal narratives provide first-hand accounts of soldiers’ war experiences and reflections, giving insights which may not be available in other records.

Stories from the War

Thomas Richard Keating

Thomas Richard Keating

Thomas Richard Keating was the third of seven surviving children, and was their eldest son of Janet and Richard. Tom was born while the family were living in St Marys, but to date there is no documentation confirming his date of birth...

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Sidney James Lees

Sidney James Lees

Sidney James Lees, AIF #38361, was a resident of Rogers Street Canterbury. He was born on 29 September 1887 and enlisted in WWI on 28 April 1917, aged 24. On his attestation papers, his trade was described as gardener. Sid embarked from...

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Robert Noble

Robert Noble

Robert Noble was the quintessential ANZAC soldier- a young man with no military experience leaving Australia’s shores. He never returned. Introduction The First Australian Imperial Force was perhaps the┬ámost significant...

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Frederick James Caton

Frederick James Caton

The City of Canterbury Library holds World War 1 illuminated certificates in the Local History Collection. This is a photograph of the illuminated certificate for Private Frederick James Caton. From 1915 onwards, but particularly in...

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Edward Spalding

Edward Spalding

Edward Lawrence Spalding volunteered during WWI. Because his profession was groom (employed in the stables at Tooheys) he was attached to the 7th Light Horse Regiment Veterinary Corps. His ship arrived at Gallipoli three days after the...

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