The call has gone out to families with connections to Orange to help find the names of all Orange's ex-services personnel from World War I. Orange City Council has formed a Community Working Party in the lead up to plans to mark the 100 year anniversary of the 1914 start of WWI. If you have information to share please contact Orange City Council's Community Liaison Adviser Alison Russell or Orange City Library. The response so far has been wonderful after articles appeared in the Central Western Daily. Read more about it by copying this link into your web browser: http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/news/local/news/general/battle-to-name-our-soldiers-begins/2420152.aspx#
ANZAC Day, 25 April, is the day Australians remember the original landing on Gallipoli in 1915 and all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
As family historians we're fortunate to have access to an ever increasing range of online resources to help us trace our ancestor's lives during and sometimes after the conflicts in which they were involved.
The Australian War Memorial's website is a great starting point with databases, digitised images and online exhibitions to lead you in many directions.
The Memorial's links page will take you on a real journey of discovery into other sites so sit down with that cuppa and an ANZAC biscuit and take a long and fruitful trawl - given that our weather is cooling down it seems like a great idea!
One site we'd really recommend you explore is the National Archives' new project "Mapping our Anzacs". Using the search engine you can browse 375,971 records of service in the Australian Army during World War I according to the person's place of birth or enlistment. Each entry includes the full service record. Having found a service person of interest, you can add your own note or photograph to the site's digital scrapbook. Alternatively you can build your own tribute to a group of service personnel. They may be from your town; they may be your ancestors; or they may be a combination. There's a link on the War memorial's site or follow the link below.