If you have read my posts before you may remember that I have an interest in the ANZACs during WW1. This arises because two of my great-uncles, Reginald and Ernest, emigrated to Australia and joined the Australian Imperial Force during the Great War. Sadly both fell at the Somme within a fortnight of each other. Thanks to the excellent National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial, I have been able to find out a lot about Reg and Ernie. Indeed, it was through their war records that I was able to trace the whereabouts of my eldest great-uncle and thereby find his grandchildren, my second cousins.
Although I have found out far more about Reg and Ernie than I had thought possible, I am still slightly dissatisfied - I really would like to find more details about their war and ultimately identify a photograph of them. To this end I am still reading up about the "Diggers" of WW1 and, notwithstanding my great-uncles involvement, find it a fascinating piece of history. So, I was really pleased to find on Facebook that there are a number of sites dedicated to helping you trace your Digger relatives. Here are a few (once you find one, you will find more - they naturally all "like" each other!)
Discover a Digger Advice on how to find a relative's service records
WW1 Lost Boys For finding and sharing military photos of relatives
Regimental Books Experts on Aussie military history, have a daily military historical event post and are very approachable.
Not my grandmother's DAR anymore!
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