The Australian War Memorial provides some wonderful photos and records. Today I found some amazingly detailed information about an Old Boy from Manchester Warehouseman & Clerks Orphans’ School. The details from the Australian Red Cross and AWM provide a more detailed picture of a casualty than i have ever seen before. Well done Australia.
This is the most vivid letter in the files for William Barker Hart. RCDIG1046079 Aus Red Cross and AWM 131 – Service Details The other data allows verification on a basis that is simply impossible from the records I have found for British Army casualties. RCDIG1067840 AWM Nominal Roll on Ship – HMAC Ceramic
Following further assistance I found an even greater treasure trove of data on AIF Database. This includes a synopsis of Service Records and links to the original data.
The Luftwaffe wiped out many of our records, but I am not certain the British Red Cross compiled such data.
This is way off topic, but acknowledgement needs to be given to the Australian people. Equally, William probably knew my grandad…