This task requires you to be an historian, not
a pretend one, but a genuine historian. You will
find out the history of one soldier, or one name. The information
that you will put together will form a unique document. It is
unlikely that anyone else has attempted to compile a story (as
you will in this task) on your one individual, out of the many
Australian soldiers that served in World War 1. Even though much
of the information is now publicly available, most writers tend
to focus on the high profile figures of the period. The ordinary
soldier remains anonymous, except for the surname and initials
on the War Memorial. Your task is to personalise one of these
anonymous names and find out and record the story in as much detail
as you can. You will then present the information in a form that
can be made publicly available.
You may complete this task either because you wish
to find out more about a relative; or because you have an interest
in local history; or in order to complete a task set by your teacher
at school. Teachers see Teacher Information.
The first thing to do is to choose a name to research. This may be a family relative or a relative of friends
(which may mean that you have access to photographs and personal
stories). Look for a soldier from your town using the guide and links on the Research Page or you may choose a name from the list on your
local war memorial. The names on the Coonabarabran
Memorial Clock Tower are presented for you to view.
Next you should find out as much information as
you can using the procedure on the Research
Page as a guide. This information is best written as notes
in a logical form. Scaffolds in Word format can be downloaded to assist you with this. See Simple Scaffold or Detailed Scaffold.
The rough notes from your scaffold can then be
used to write an interesting and accurate story which represents
the soldiers experience of WW1. The story together with appropriate
pictures can be the basis for a presentation, speech, web page or newspaper article
on that soldier. An unfinished example for Henry Leo Field can be downloaded.