First World War 1914 - 1918.

Worst day in Australia's history - In WW1 on The Western Front at the Battle of Fromelles (19th of July 1916), Australia experienced its worst day in history (not just military history).  A total of 5,533 casualties (with 2,000 dead) in one night.  The catch cry of the battle was "Don't forget me cobber" due to the fact that so many soldiers were left wounded in no man's land.  For the 3 days and nights after the battle, men risked their lives to go into no man's land to save 300 of their wounded mates. A German soldier at Fromelles facing the Australians was Corporal Adolf Hitler.

Around 300,000 Australians served on The Western Front in atrocious conditions, many of them having survived the Gallipoli campaign. Over 46,000 died in France and Belgium.  About 11,000 have no known grave.  There were around 132,000 Australians wounded - many soldiers being wounded more than once. In the most successful period of the Australian campaign, 27 March-5 October 1918, the AIF made up less than 10 percent of the entire British forces.   It captured 23 percent of the prisoners, 23.5 percent of the enemy guns and 21.5 percent of the ground taken from the Germans.  It must be remembered that Australia at that time had a population of only five million, and before The Western Front, Australia had 26,111 casualties (with 8,141 killed) at Gallipolli.

Something to think about - In WW1, Australia's population was 5 million, with the USA population at 100 million. Australia's number of war dead (over 60,000) was more than half the USA's (117,000).

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. ANZAC Day is held on April 25 and is the anniversary of the first major military action by Australian and New Zealand forces in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign during the First World War.

In the First World War, nurses were recruited from both the nursing service and the civilian profession and served as an integral part of the AIF. They served in Egypt and Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign, in England, France and Belguim in support of the fighting on the Western front, and in Greece, Salonika, Palestine, Mesopotamia and India. At least 2139 nurses served abroad between 1914 and 1919, and a further 423 worked in military hospitals in Australia, while 29 died on active service.

The First World War is often referred to as 'The Great War' or the 'war to end all wars'.

WW1 as a declared state of war lasted from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918.

ANZAC Centenary - 2014 -2018.

The official website for the Australian remembrance song is at www.australianwarheroes.com - You can link to the website for the song or tell others about it.  The success of the song meant it was necessary to create a domain that was unique to the song and give it a permanent home on the Internet.  The song's YouTube Channel has over 2.8 million video views, with most views relating to video's featuring the song.

The song is timeless and honours the memory of those who have died in the service and defence of Australia in war.

The marching theme of the song is especially powerful and supports the spirit of ANZAC Day.  The song does not glorify war or endorse conflict of any kind. The song simply highlights the sacrifice of many Australians who died in the service and defence of our country in war.

The song has been used for commemorative purposes across Australia by schools, churches, choirs, bands, councils, retirement homes, military services, RSL branches and ANZAC tributes at NRL & AFL matches.

Radio stations throughout Australia have broadcast the song leading up to ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.

The song is also requested to be played at funerals (for veterans).

Peter Barnes initiated this song in 2001 (March).  He is the author  (and copyright owner) of the song and he created the concept, title and lyrics.  You can call Peter on 0418 82 7756.

'Can you hear Australia's heroes marching?' Peter Barnes 2001 - 2015. All Rights Reserved. The background photograph on this web page of the statues outstretched arms towards the WW1 Centenary banner was taken by Peter Barnes in the city of Adelaide Apr 18, 2015
























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You can now download 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' (recorded 2001) FOR FREE at the song's official website download page HERE

Over the past 14 years the song has touched many people's hearts and at this very special time in Australia, with the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli, which was on April 25, 2015 and the ANZAC Centenary 2014 - 2018, the author of the song has made the song available for free. There is also a longer 4 minute version (recorded 2001) which is also free to download.

Sheet music and backing track mp3 is also available for download. Sheet music includes full arrangement, choir, solo voice, piano, guitar (bass & electric), trumpet and drum kit.  These are not free.

You can download the lyrics to 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' HERE

Below is a new video which is a memorial to all the Australians who died on the Western Front.






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