Monday, November 23, 2015

WWI project

When a history project is embarked upon, it can sometimes seem that there is no end.  Three years ago, two City of Playford Local history volunteers began researching WWI soldier that was identified with a connection to the area.  This week, Pam and Dave (husband and wife) finished researching the 165 soldiers and 2 nurses. 

They started with a surname and initial, most were straight forward, but a few Smiths made life difficult.  Some names appeared on local war memorials but didn't seem to have a local connection.  Detective work was needed to establish a connection. 

The main resources used were the digitised WWI soldier records from the National Archives of Australia.  Further research was undertaken through Australian War Memorial, AIF project, WWI pictorial honour roll, SA Red Cross Information Bureau, RSL virtual war memorial, Flickr and from our own history collection. 

Each week a typed family history and war service records was presented with research notes, that will become part of our City's history.

Thankyou Pam & Dave for your wonderful work, it will become an integral part of the City of Playford's history.

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