World War 1
When Great Britain declared war on Germany in 1914, Australia found itself automatically at war too. Thousands of young Western Australian men volunteered for service in the Australian Imperial Force.
"... Poor little Phil Fry was killed. I am sorry as he was very brave and a good officer and a splendid man. Charlie was with Philip Turnbull for a time before he died and he promised to look after his mother for him and he was quite satisfied then but all thoughts were for his mother. He was a splendid young fellow and was one of our Rhodes scholars. The grand chaps that I know that have crossed the Great Divide has [sic] been awful but I am quite certain the Great Creator will give them their reward for such gallantry. The Australian name is spoken of in the most glowing terms here when one has actually seen what the Australians have done and are now doing it is most inspiring. We can certainly claim to have accomplished the most difficult task that has ever been set to soldiers and that without the slightest flinching. There have been some very gallant acts that would have received very high praise in an English regiment, but they are so common among the Australian Army that they pass unnoticed." [Battye Library, Acc 3560A.]
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