Continuing on the theme of the Anzac day celebrations I spent part of last night researching my namesakes on the WW1 and WW2 honour rolls.
The Australian war memorial web site has an option to Research a Person. I used this to find the service record of my Grandfather on my dad’s side and my Great-Uncles on my dad’s side as well.
Quite fascinating experience and really gets you into the history of the times seeing your surname come up.
Also sad as well. Probably luckily if I can use that term in that only one of my ancestors was actually killed in war. But makes for a sobering journey to follow a young man from leaving Australia, to his posting in France, to see him being awarded a Military Medal for bravery and finally seeing his Mother provide his details for Australia’s war memorial.