ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
This is a photo, C1944-1945, of my father, an unknown soldier and his brother
The shot was taken somewhere in Sydney.
Dad was born in 1920 and died in 2003.
My father enlisted in the Australian Army in 1943.
He and my mother met in August 1944 at an Army dance. My mother was an Army nurse. They married 10 days later and I was born 91/2 months after that.
He served in Borneo as a surveyer until he returned home when I was 10 months old, in early 1946.
These men are no doubt enjoying a cold beer in true Aussie style!
The photo has been enhanced to make it as clear as possible.