This year marks the 100th anniversary of World War One.
I felt that it was important to commemorate this event, not to glorify or trivialize what had happened but to remember those who risked their lives for what they truly felt would be a better future. To not only look at what happened, but to try to understand why it happened so that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past.
Most of all, I wanted to share with my family and friends the stories of some of my relatives who fought in this war.
Some were from England, some were from Australia
Some were men who were leaving their wives and young children behind, others were no more than children themselves
some lived, and some died
This is my tribute to them.
Their lives may have been irreparably shattered or lost entirely, but their sacrifices were not in vain
because despite the continuation of war all over the globe, I do believe that we are living in a better world.
Hopefully, over the next four years, this website will document the journey of men from four families: Appletons, Bells, Hewsons, and Wilds. On the day of their enlistment a post will be made detailing where they are posted. Each major event in their service will be documented on the day it occurred so that a ‘real time’ chronology will occur.
You will not know in advance who will survive and who will lose their life, just like their families at home.
I hope you all join us.