The Amazing ‘Weary’ Dunlop.

In 1942, Dunlop was sent to Java, Indonesia to help treat allied and Australian troops who were stationed there in order to counter the Japanese threat. In March of that year the Japanese captured Weary’s hospital in Bandoeng, Java. Weary could have escaped but he would not hear of leaving his patients and became a […]

WWI Newspaper Pictorials.

A French officer and his comrade in arms read the New York Times. During the World War I era (1914-18), leading newspapers took advantage of a new printing process that dramatically altered their ability to reproduce images. Rotogravure printing, which produced richly detailed, high quality illustrations—even on inexpensive newsprint paper—was used to create vivid new […]

The Canary Girls WWI Women TNT workers who turned Yellow.

During World War I the United Kingdom called upon its female population to join the workforce. With a majority of men being deployed and a dire need for production both to support the troops and to keep the country running, women were asked to “do their bit”. Munition factories were one of the main sites […]

‘Heroes of Gallipoli’ John Simpson and his donkey.

The will of a Gallipoli hero, Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick, was recently discovered by the State Records Office (SRO) in Western Australia. Simpson and his donkey became symbols of the Anzac spirit, famed for transporting wounded Australian and New Zealand soldiers from the frontline at Gallipoli to safety in 1915. Simpson was born in England […]

The German Sinking of the ‘Lusitania’ 1915.

On May 1, 1915, the ship departed New York City bound for Liverpool. Unknown to her passengers but probably no secret to the Germans, almost all her hidden cargo consisted of munitions and contraband destined for the British war effort. As the fastest ship afloat, the luxurious liner felt secure in the belief she could […]

Harry ‘The Breaker’ Morant.

Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant (above) was born in the United Kingdom – in 1865 by his own account but in 1864 according to later research, possibly under the name Edwin Henry Murrant. He left England in April 1883 bound for Queensland where he married Daisy May O’Dwyer (later known more famously as Daisy Bates) – and […]

Colditz Castle Germany,

Sitting on top of a sheer 255-foot cliff with the Mulde River below, and located deep in the heart of Nazi territory, some 400 miles to the border, Colditz Castle (Schloss Colditz) was a high-security prison that the Germans considered escape-proof. Known as Oflag IV-C, it primarily held high-profile Allied officers and those who had […]

Delivering the Milk, 9 October, 1940.

Image Credit: Photograph by Fred Morley/Getty Images As photography had become part of people’s daily lives during the inter-war period, numerous iconic images were taken of the Second World War, creating an album of hope and horror, of atrocities and valor. The one that perhaps represented the fighting spirit of well-mannered Great Britain most clearly […]

Portrait of a British Sailor.

Wartime Photo by the famed photographer Sir Cecil Beaton. Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton, CBE (14 January 1904 – 18 January 1980) was an English fashion, portrait and war photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award-winning stage and costume designer for films and the theatre. He was named to the International Best Dressed […]

Sand Portrait memorial to WWI nurse Rachel Ferguson.

Coleraine, Northern Ireland People gather on Downhill Beach to look at a sand portrait of military nurse Rachel Ferguson, who died in June 1918. Rachel was born on 29th December 1886. She was the daughter of John Stewart Ferguson and Annie Ferguson of Lanebrook House, Ballygoney, Coagh. Rachel was educated at Ballygoney National School and […]