This morning thousands of Australians across the country stood silent in their driveways.
Holding candles, torches, their children’s hands; they remembered those soldiers who have come before, as those still with us that served.
Lines as memorable as the first verse of Advanced Australia Fair, were said in whisper.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
To mark Anzac Day this year, Ancestry has released a set of war diaries from soldiers who passed away in war.
“We might not be able to attend physical events this year, but learning about those who served and sacrificed in the war is one virtual way to commemorate those in the war, from home,” it said in a statement.
The diaries show the horror and humanity our Anzacs endured.
Soldier R Crawford’s WWI diary
Sharing a cigarette with the enemy and joking about fighting each other “tomorrow”:
Soldier Sergeant Major T. Murphy war diary, 1914.
Nov, 1914 – Fighting Germans, celebrations drinks at night:
Nov, 1914 – Lectured by doctor on hygiene when marching:
Dec, 1914 – Christmas Eve and getting sick from smoking a “hubble bubble” pipe in Egypt:
Dec, 1914 – Going to the Zoo in Cairo, Egypt: