100 years ago to this day, on the 25th of April 1915 members of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) landed on Gallipoli with troops from New Zealand, Britain, and France. The deep-water harbour at Moudros in Lemnos was used as a marshalling point for the attack on the Dardanelles, some 50 km away.
The Australian War Memorial collection holds almost 200 photographs of Greece and Lemnos specifically, relating to the First World War. The photographs in this collection offer a unique glimpse into the landscape and lives of locals, troops and nurses during this turbulent time.
Nurse Clarice Daley and Sergeant Ernest Lawrence married in October 1915 at the Church Camp, West Lemnos. Clarice of No 3 Australian General Hospital and Ernest, of the 1st Light Brigade Headquarters had known each other in Melbourne but their match was not well regarded by Clarice’s family. Ernest enlisted in August 1914 and much had been experienced by the time the two met again. In February 1916 Jessie returned to Australia, and was discharged in July, presumably because she was now married. Ernest returned to Australia in November 1918 and the two commenced their life together, going on to have four children. Their marriage certificate is held in the Private Records collection of the Australian War Memorial.