Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our involvement in the First World War.
The Anzac Centenary provides us with an opportunity to
remember those who have fought and served in all wars, conflicts and peace
operations in the past hundred years and especially remember the more than
100,000 who have given their lives in service.
No place was unaffected by war, the City of Playford was no
exception. War memorials at Smithfield
and One Tree Hill list names of men from the district who served, and for some
gave the supreme sacrifice. The names on
the memorials do not cover all those who were in active service, so far 109
names of men have been found that either resided or were born within the area
that today constitutes the City of Playford.
The story of war encompasses more than those who fought, it
includes those who remained behind, the women who husbands enlisted, the
mothers and fathers who wondered at their sons fate, the children who missed
out of several years of having their father, uncle or cousin around.
The City of Playford Library Service will endeavour to
research the lives of the men from this district and what was happening in the district
during the four years of war. Local
history volunteers have already begun research, which we will make available to