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Three times to war

Bernard Allanson Cripps

Bernard Allanson Cripps, enlisted to serve his country three times in his lifetime.  The State Library has recently digitised and transcribed his diaries & notebooks. Within days of war being declared in 1914 Bernard Cripps from Townsville, enlisted in the hastily formed ANMEF – Australian Naval and Military Expedition – which was tasked to protect … Read more

Brothers Fraser

Memorial Cards for Yandina brothers William and John Fraser, who died in 1916 and 1918 respectively, both aged 27 years.

Letters, photographs and memorial cards commemorate the lives of brothers William and John Fraser, who were raised in Cooloolabin, near Yandina. 2nd Lieut. William Fraser, 7th Squadron, RFC Part of a collection of family correspondence, which has now been digitised and transcribed for the QANZAC100 project, funded to tell the stories of Queenslanders who served. Eldest … Read more

Impacts of desertion

Hyde Park Corner at Messines, Belgium. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 119608

Guest blogger: Victoria Carless – Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation Fellow During the process of researching and writing my novel on desertion during the Great War, I’ve come to learn that the decision to leave one’s post and one’s mates often had severe implications.  Not only in that moment and during the war, but … Read more

Letters to Merna

Letters to Merna

The letters of two soldiers written to Merna Gillies during the First World War were donated by her family to the State Library of Queensland. Both young men had attended Brisbane Grammar with her brother Clyde, both soldiers had very different stories to tell. William Howe IRVING, 3rd Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps, had been working as … Read more