Ann Lennie: Anzac Day 2020

Running time
1 min 30 sec
Date made
Place made
Australia
Hear from veterans, their loved ones and those on the home front about their most unforgettable memories of wartime.

Transcript

Intro: Anzac Day 2020, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Mat McLachlan: I'm Mat McLachlan. With no Anzac Day marches this year, it might be the perfect time to find out if you had relatives who served in our armed forces and uncover more about them. Ann Lennie knew that her great-uncle Private Sidney Ernest Knowles fought on the Western Front and was a POW in the First World War... but until recently, that was it.

Ann Lennie: I went to the War Memorial in Canberra and found some information about different people in my family. And one of them was Sid. I then went to Ancestry because my grandmother had a huge family and I can sit at my computer and find out all sorts of information. What I found out about Uncle Sid was that he'd been in 2 separate POW camps. Another was that he'd been gassed. My mother was only 4 or 5 when he died, so they really didn't know him. He didn't have any family to move his war stories on with. I took on this as a hobby; it's now become an obsession. If you think you've got someone out there you'd like to look up, get onto Ancestry and start looking. It is really rewarding.

Outro: Anzac Day 2020. Lest we forget.

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