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BerichtGeplaatst: 29 Aug 2012 12:26    Onderwerp: Lest we forget. Reageer met quote

This document is a brief history of my familyís service in the Great War and World War 2. It was not undertaken just for my family but for all those men and women who fought and in many cases sacrificed their lives for our country. Many of those who did survive came home with physical and psychological injuries and so many disturbing memories, that they were scarred for life as a consequence.

The families of those who served overseas must also deserve a mention, as every day they would wake up not knowing whether or not their relative may or may not be still alive, or that they may be in a hospital somewhere being treated for injuries received or some disease they may have caught.

In some cases, it may have been weeks or months before they found out that something had happened to their relative and one can only imagine finding out that someone you had been praying for protection, may have been in fact been dead or badly injured for some time. In the case of son, father, brother, husband this would have been almost soul destroying.

The Royal Australian Navy, in which my father served, as well as the Australian Imperial Forces (ANZACS), in which my four uncles served, are recorded within this document. I have never heard of sailors being referred to as ANZACS and that is why I have separated the service records into these different branches of the services.

As far as is known, there were never any family members in the Air Force(s) (Flying Corps) during W.W.I. The service record of my childrenís father in the 1st Armoured Regiment in W.W.II is also recorded therein. In one of the final chapters (though not to the same degree of complexity), I have included some information on all other relatives that I am aware of who also have seen service in the Australian Armed Forces over the last 100 years.

I understand that the word ANZAC was used first by the British, who decided that referring to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps was far too long for logistical purposes and thus the acronym ANZAC was born.

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