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Diary of an ANZAC
The Front Line Diaries and Stories of Albert Arthur 'Bert' Orchard M.C.
Gallipoli & The Western Front 1914 to 1918.

Discover what it was really like, in 1914, to be plucked out of ‘civie street’

ISBN 978-0-646-52909-7
Over 260 pages, fully indexed.
ncludes 48 pages of photos and sketches.

These are the diaries of an ordinary Australian soldier.

Forward by Hon William Cox AC, RFD, ED, QC.

Bert Orchard kept a meticulously detailed personal account of his
daily life from soon after joining the Army till after the Armistice —
four, long hard years later.

Bert had his fair share of personal tragedy and suffering even before WW1 began.

A tough, driven young man; keenly protective of his mates,
Bert soon displayed natural leadership talents and rose
quickly through the ranks.

Now, nearly 100 years on, Bert’s memories give you a rare glimpse into the hardships, dangers, mateship and dark humour that forged the Australian legend
that is ANZAC

“Lest We Forget”

Bert Orchard, a Tasmanian Digger, kept the diaries throughout his WWI postings, including the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign. He wrote aboard the troopship Atlantian as British warships rained shells on the Turkish coast on April 25,1915. Two days later his brigade stormed the beach and Bert Orchard watched the history-making events unfold from his artillery post high on the rugged coast.

Every page of the diaries is full of tiny, spidery handwriting in pencil. Bert Orchard even took the time to draw some maps, and a dried pansy is found pressed between two pages. One often-read page of the diaries recounts his thoughts on the day before his brigade was to land at Gallipoli.
He wrote: “Our turn tomorrow and I’m full of glad expectations and confidence. If I go down, under the struggle, I’m glad I have done my duty.”

The diaries were written by someone who was just doing their job. He had no preconceived notion of what Gallipoli would become in the future.

He had served also in France, on the Western Front, where his bravery earned him a Military Cross — second only to the Victoria Cross.

He was to marry three times in Tasmania and produced five children.
He was also a founding member of the Returned and Servicemen's League in the state and an active member of Legacy throughout his life.

Read some diary entries >>


The Frontline Diaries and Stories of
Albert Arthur 'Bert' Orchard M.C.
Gallipoli & The Western Front 1914 to1918.

Compiled by Arthur Orchard
Foreword by William Cox  AC RFD ED QC

Over 260 pages, fully indexed.
Includes 48 pages of photos and sketches.

ISBN 978-0-646-52909-7
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