Hear the poignant personal stories behind battlefield grave markers in Egypt, France and Gallipoli, as well as the stories behind workplace honour rolls, one of the most common, but often hidden, forms of war memorial in Australia.

Photograph for Roll of Honour 1914-1918 for Pennant Hills & Thornleigh District designed by F.W. Tod & Co.

Design & manufacture of honour rolls

Many honour rolls take the form of honour boards, panels of timber with names lettered in gold or white

Roll of Honour for staff of the Royal Mint, Sydney, who served in World War I, hanging outside the boardroom at the Mint, 1914 - 1919

Sydney Mint honour roll

The Sydney Mint honour roll hangs in the southern stair hall of the former Royal Mint building on Macquarie Street

Stark black and white photo of barren grave yard.

Battlefield tour, March 1920

In March 1920 a young Australian woman named Dora Walford (1895–1972), travelling in Europe with her husband, toured the French battlefields of the Western Front


Frank Gallagher’s grave markers

Late in the afternoon on 23 August 1918, Private John Francis Cecil Gallagher, known as Frank, was killed by shellfire at 23 years of age

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Frayed at edges, certificate with red cross symbol in ornate diagram at top, and cursive script below.

Home Front

As the war stretched on, thousands of women at home in Australia supported the war effort by volunteering for patriotic fundraising activities

Group of men in formation in middle ground of large open area with buildings behind.

Enemy Within?

These stories explore the threat to Australia from within, from the identification of a section of the population as ‘enemy aliens’ to the formation of the jingoistic Anti-German League, and the radical ideology and activities of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)


War Service

From the shores of Gallipoli to the sprawling Western Front, the stories told here reveal the powerful war experiences of ordinary soldiers. Some were decorated for bravery in the field, while others made the ultimate sacrifice