Anzac Day Stories

Honouring the brave men & women who represented their country during war.


Ernest George Watts, George Ernest Watts and Frederick Watts

My great uncle Ernest George Watts had only two sons, George Ernest Watts and Frederick Watts. George and Frederick were the couple’s only children. On 19 October, 1914, George Ernest Watts enlisted in the 15 Batallion, 4th Infantry Brigade. The next day, on 20th October, 1914 young Frederick enlisted in the same unit. Young Frederick stated he was 19 years and one month old. His elder brother was 21 years and four months. George was killed in action on 9th May, 1915. He was aged 22 years 11 months....

By Des O’Neill
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Private Albert Bernhardt Kabisch

Early in 1918 Ben made the decision to join the Army and thus began the endless prodding, probing and questions to ensure he was fit and able. Ben was a short stocky man as attested by his Medical History Card of 18th May 1918. He was five foot three and a half inches in height and one hundred and twenty pounds. He had a tattoo on his right forearm and wore a plate in his upper jaw. He had corns on all little toes. Part of his examination was “deferred until sober”. Nothing was left to chance...

By Anne Berry-Smith
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David James Lacey Gaston

Joined the 28th Battalion 2nd Reinforcement A.I.F. on the 14th June 1915 and left for overseas duty on board “Demosthenes” 23rd July 1915. Joined Battalion 17th October 1915. Appointed Lance Corporal on the 31st March 1917. Killed in action at the Battle of Bullecourt, France 3rd May 1917...

By Marjorie Burton
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Patrick McAndrew

This is a picture of my Grandfather Patrick McAndrew in his army uniform; he lived in Glasgow, Scotland then and was in the army in WW11. He is with his 4 children, my mother on the left and her brothers and sister. The family immigrated to Sydney in the 1960's....

By Maureen McGrath
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