Book-They Answered Their Country's Call

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They Answered Their Country's Call: Short accounts of service and sacrifice from Ballarat General Cemeteries

by Garry Snowden ISBN 978 1 876478 22 3

24cm x 21cm, soft cover, 336pp, full colour, illustrated, alphabetical listings of surnames (Ballaarat New and Ballaarat Old Cemeteries), excellent comprehensive index.

"Dotted around our city are public memorials devoted to the young men of our district “who answered their nation's call" during the First World War. This book tells the less well known story of the private memorials to those whose supreme sacrifice changed the face of this city, Ballarat, and the wider district, for a generation.

One hundred years on from the first great enlistment rallies, our nation pauses to remember, reflect and commemorate the service and sacrifice of more than 400,000 Australians who answered the call between 1914 and 1918. The Centenary of Anzac is about more than just the Gallipoli landings – we remember the terrible defeats and the stirring victories of the First World War and the century of service which has come since then.

This book, like the memorials and headstones it talks about, is a reminder to generations to come of the service and sacrifice of those Ballarat men and women who came before us. It reminds us that behind the names listed on the memorials are people who left behind their families and whose service and sacrifice for their country must never be forgotten."

SENATOR THE HON. MICHAEL RONALDSON
Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Special Minister of State


Author's Comments: They Answered Their Country's Call

Total soldiers and nurses named:1343 Old Cem: 213 New Cem: 1130

Number of graves/plaques:1221 Old Cem: 181 New Cem: 972 plus a further 68 listed online as 'ashes scattered', 'ashes collected' and 'no memorial in cemetery'. This means 1221 primary entries that have led to identifying 122 brothers and sisters who also served.

Killed overseas but commemorated on graves here: 154 Old Cem: 65 (Western Front 51, Gallipoli 5, Middle east 7, UK 2) New Cem: 89 (Western Front 69, Gallipoli 13, Middle East 4, UK 3)

Gallantry and Service Awards: Distinguished Service Order (DSO) 5, Military Cross (MC) 8, Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) 9, Military Medal (MM) 35, Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) 8, Air Force Cross (AFC) 1

Prisoners of war: 13 Old Cem: 3 New Cem: 10

Sets of brothers who were killed: 12 Old Cem: 7 New Cem: 5