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Chapter 1
The First A.I.F.
Chapter 2
Citations & Awards
Chapter 3
Gallipoli Landing
Chapter 4
Life in the Trenches
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Bullecourt - Bert’s death
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Letters 2
Chapter 9.1
Stories from the Front
Chapter 9.2
More Stories from the Front
Chapter 9.3
War Weddings
Chapter 10
Extracts from C.E.W. Bean
Chapter 11
Extracts from H.R. Williams
Chapter 12
"Red & White Diamond"
Chapter 13
Capt. V.E. Smythe notes
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
W.W.I. photographs
Chapter 16
Royal Australian Navy
Chapter 17
2nd A.I.F
Chapter 18
Family who served our country
Chapter 19
Letters, cards, papers
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Conclusion - Post War
Chapter 22
The Next Generations



These pages were written by Margaret Johnston with help from her family and friends.




Vern and Bert Smythe - 2nd and 3rd from left in back row. Possibly taken in Australia


Vern & Bert Smythe (front row) Maurice and Rupert Ferguson
and Bill Wise (back row) in Egypt


Bert Smythe rear right with H. G. McClintoch (4th Bn) and A. Ryan (2nd Battalion)
taken before November 1916 in England.


Lt. P. E. Smythe at Strasburg Cathedral – Post War.


Lt. A. J. Kerr K.I.A. Pozieres 27-7-16


Inside the above Remembrance Card.


Lieut. H. W. Clough M.M.


Lieut. Clifford A. A. Ellis M.M.


Lieut. Frank Sellick- Back row right.


Unknown soldier.

Group – Who. When, Where – Lieut. Perce Smythe’s Card -
Possibly Officer Cadets in Cambridge c. March 1918.


Unknown Group – Hospital or Convalescent – Lieut. Perce Smythe’s Card.
Soldier near flower vase with cap may be Perce


24th Battalion Officer and unknown soldiers- undated


Unknown group 24th Battalion Soldiers - Undated


Viv’s wife Clytie, received cards from a W. (William) Quigley (details on a card) No. 2012A, 4th Btn. Machine Gun Section. I believe I was able to identify him as William Quigley from AWM Records. His mother’s address on enlistment was at Gladesville and that is where the boys’ family home was at the start of the war and the possible connection. I believe Clytie’s family also lived in that area.


‘Toby’ the author of the three cards below was harder to identify but I believe that now I have most of his details. On the first card, at the top (written upside down) is the name Trooper Biggs A.F. A search at the National Archives showed an Albert Frederick Biggs, who became an Officer Cadet in Sept 1918 and promoted to 2nd Lieut. in Feb 1919. Date of birth was shown as 18 August 1894.

Trooper Albert Frederick Biggs No. 475 2nd Aust. Light Horse embarked 8 July 1916 and the first card from Egypt about his arrival there was dated August 30, 1916. His father was Albert Ernest Biggs of Teven Creek, NSW. An Albert Frederick Biggs was born in Lismore in 1894 with parents Albert and Eliza on the BDM Records of NSW. The home address before embarkation was Ballina. Where the nickname Toby originated and his connection to the family is a mystery. He mentions on the second card about receiving mail from a Doris - Clytie had a sister of that name.



In December 2012, I received an email from the son-in-law of Albert "Toby" Biggs on behalf of his wife. They were thrilled after Googling Toby’s name, to be directed to the Smythe Family website and found the copies of the three cards which had been sent to Clytie. Toby survived the war but almost all of his belongings, including his war memorabilia were destroyed in a fire. His daughter found it hard to believe these cards still existed.

After the exchange of a few emails, I decided I would send the originals to his Toby's daughter. I was told she cried, when they arrived in the post. This is a great result from the work on my ‘Lest We Forget’ pages on the Smythe Family website.


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