Australians and New Zealanders on the Serbian Front

My thanks go to Australian author Bojan Pajic for sharing a link with us to a fascinating article on the Australian War Memorial website about Australians and New Zealanders who served on the Serbian Front.

That Australian and New Zealand medical staff served in Macedonia was not a surprise to me, but the presence of mule drivers from 22nd and 24th Battalions, 6th Australian Infantry Brigade certainly was! We can, though, discount the photograph of a howitzer crew as being Australians – as we have discussed previously, the BSF adopted slouch hats in spring and early summer of 1916 which does sometimes lead to a case of mistaken identity!

The article can be found online here:

If that whets your appetite to find out more, then you will enjoy these:


A group photograph of women of the Sixth (American) Unit of the Scottish Women's Hospital in the sunshine at Ostrovo. According to the original caption, the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) is Dr Agnes Bennett and many of the staff are Australian. WOMEN AT WORK DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR A group photograph of women of the Sixth (American) Unit of the Scottish Women’s Hospital in the sunshine at Ostrovo. According to the original caption, the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) is Dr Agnes Bennett and many of the staff are Australian. WOMEN AT WORK DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR (click on image to see full size) © IWM (Q 32344)

Author: scswebeditor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and from 2008 has been the Society's web editor. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Robin hands over the role in October 2021 to Andy Hutt. Andy's interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Arthur, who served as a Royal Engineer from 1916-1918. All posts prior to February 2021 are by Robin. Opinions expressed in these posts are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

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