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Deep In The Trenches

Deep In The Trenches - Stories about forgotten war veterans both past and present.


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Richard Archibald

Richard Archibald and cousin Grace Gordon ahead of their trip to Papua New Guinea to carry out a traditional Aboriginal burial ceremony for Private Frank Archibald, who was killed in action on the Kokoda Track.

Harry Allie

Uncle Harry Allie served with the Australian Air Force for more than 23 years. "When you served you were mates no matter what Colour, race or religion," he says

Andrew Baker

After completing the pilot Defence Indigenous Development Program (DIDP) in December 2009, Private Anthony Baker from the North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) has gone from strength to strength.

George Beale

Private George Beale was born in Quirindi, New South Wales, in 1904. In June 1941, along with his younger brother Frederick, George enlisted in the Australian Army. After enlistment George and Frederick were sent to the 2/20th Battalion, which had been posted to defend the Malay peninsula in 1941. However, the Japanese forces drove the British forces steadily southwards, reaching Singapore Island by the 31 January 1942.

Merve Bundle

In the 1940s when the Second World War started my father wouldn't let me join up, so I snuck away from Wallaga Lake Mission to Bega and I joined on me own.