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Lest We Forget

In 2005 I began a journey to commemorate the memories of the brave soldiers who fought and died during WW1. Realizing this history needed to be preserved for future generations (in formats they were familiar with) I set up The Virtual Australian First World War Memorial along with the iPhone app Australia’s First World War Heroes. It was my intention to tell the story of the everyday man in the trench, researching their lives before, during and after the war and then present this information digitally. This online resource was well received and I found myself speaking at various schools and institutions, advising on books and apps and writing in magazines about not only the importance of preserving our history but how others could become armchair historians and unlock their part of this story, helping to complete a more complete picture.

Running a site of that magnitude and being able to give it the time and focus it deserved was not an easy undertaking and so in 2014 I made the difficult decision to wind the site down. It has been preserved digitally and is archived for those wishing to find it however I decided to focus my attentions more solely on reaching the next generation of Australians. As a writer I thought the best way for me to do this was through a story and so A Year at War was born.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Australians involvement in WW1 I will be uploading a new chapter of the book each month, aimed solely at younger readers so that the wider story of the sacrifices of so many may live on for generations to come.

Lest We Forget.

The illustrations on this blog are by a British soldier Norman Little who was born in the UK in 1883. While at school he displayed an aptitude for art which saw him go on to study at the Royal Academy School where he was a Prizeman. During this period he also developed a strong interest in the military and would follow units around the country, sketching them as well as battles and events he’d heard stories about. His skill as an artist eventually drew the attention of several publishers and Norman went on to illustrate numerous books including "The Gateway to Tennyson" and "Faust and Marguerite."

However, when WW1 began Norman enlisted, receiving his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers, having previously been a member of the Honorable Artillery Company prior to the outbreak of war. He served in France and was mentioned in despatches in November 1916 following the capture of Thiepval but was sadly killed in action on the 13th of March 1917 during the Somme offensive, his body never recovered. He is remembered on the memorial at Thiepval.

I do realise there is somewhat of a juxtaposition showing a British soldier's sketches alongside an Australian story but feel this art should be seen and so would like to showcase it also.

Lest We Forget

In 2005 I began a journey to commemorate the memories of the brave soldiers who fought and died during WW1. Realizing this history needed to be preserved for future generations (in formats they were familiar with) I set up The Virtual Australian First World War Memorial along with the iPhone app Australia’s First World War Heroes. It was my intention to tell the story of the everyday man in the trench, researching their lives before, during and after the war and then present this information digitally. This online resource was well received and I found myself speaking at various schools and institutions, advising on books and apps and writing in magazines about not only the importance of preserving our history but how others could become armchair historians and unlock their part of this story, helping to complete a more complete picture.

Running a site of that magnitude and being able to give it the time and focus it deserved was not an easy undertaking and so in 2014 I made the difficult decision to wind the site down. It has been preserved digitally and is archived for those wishing to find it however I decided to focus my attentions more solely on reaching the next generation of Australians. As a writer I thought the best way for me to do this was through a story and so A Year at War was born.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Australians involvement in WW1 I will be uploading a new chapter of the book each month, aimed solely at younger readers so that the wider story of the sacrifices of so many may live on for generations to come.

Lest We Forget.

The illustrations on this blog are by a British soldier Norman Little who was born in the UK in 1883. While at school he displayed an aptitude for art which saw him go on to study at the Royal Academy School where he was a Prizeman. During this period he also developed a strong interest in the military and would follow units around the country, sketching them as well as battles and events he’d heard stories about. His skill as an artist eventually drew the attention of several publishers and Norman went on to illustrate numerous books including "The Gateway to Tennyson" and "Faust and Marguerite."

However, when WW1 began Norman enlisted, receiving his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers, having previously been a member of the Honorable Artillery Company prior to the outbreak of war. He served in France and was mentioned in despatches in November 1916 following the capture of Thiepval but was sadly killed in action on the 13th of March 1917 during the Somme offensive, his body never recovered. He is remembered on the memorial at Thiepval.

I do realise there is somewhat of a juxtaposition showing a British soldier's sketches alongside an Australian story but feel this art should be seen and so would like to showcase it also.