The Centenary of the Battle of Basheeba, October 1917

“the last cavalry charge in history”

We are connected to our families, our communities & to our home. We share values & stories across our nation & with the peoples across the world. But we are also connected through history, just as an adult is shaped by the events of their youth.

The Returned & Services League recognise that for our community to value & respect our servicemen of today, we must hold the people that have come before close to our hearts.

Their stories, their images!MAPLinc

  • Herbert John Latham


    Herbert John Latham was farmer from Franklin, a small town separated from Hobart by windy tracks across the shoulder of Mount Wellington. Herbert joined the forces on the 19th of December 1914 & was killed in action on the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, a century ago. He was 37 year old.

    Private Latham’s Cemetery/Memorial is at Villers-Bretonneux, in France”. His name can be found on the Honour Boards in the Hobart Town Hall.

  • Leslie Oscar Rollins

    The image of Leslie Oscar Rollins may be a little blurry but it belies the determination of this young man to embark on a journey from which he would never return. Leslie was raised by his grand parents after his parents died when he was a toddler. An only child, he grew to be a smart earnest, christian man but was rejected four times when he tried to enlist. Undaunted, he put himself into training until he was fit enough to pass the fifth examination.

    Leslie was killed in action in France, 18 months after being accepted. He was twenty years old.

  • Soldiers Memorial Avenue Evandale Memorial Launceston Cenotaph
  • Robert John Wells & Reginald Percy Wells
  • A Brother’s Letter to his Parents!

    “I have not had much time for a good while, as we have been going too much, but I never thought then things would be like this. By the time you get this letter you may have got the awful news of poor Bob. It is just a week ago today on the Somme battlefield that poor Bob, Alf. Jacques, and Frank Webber all died heroes’ deaths, and Artie Wade was badly wounded. This war is awful. We boys had been together so long and now we are parted. Bob and Alf parted for good, the brave fellows. You might be wondering how poor Bob died. Well, he suffered no pain at all; he was killed instantly. Just fell, as if he was falling to sleep, but alas! his sleep is a long one. Alf died exactly the same, poor fellow. If you could have seen the way the boys went into action you would be proud to think you are Australians. They are the boys, the bravest ever. I can hardly realise it at times; it seems we are only separated that they will come back again, but, alas! they will not. Poor Bob, he was a model of a boy, so quiet, and good-hearted. .He was very popular with all the boys. I have not heard how Artie is getting on. He was hurt very bad poor fellow but I think he will pull through alright. Bob had no fear; if you could only see the way he died you would both be proud to think you had a son like he was. A coincidence is that photo of Bob and Alf taken on the camels together when we first went to Egypt was in Bob’s pack, when it came back, on looking through, 1 found two of them. A lot of boys wanted one, so 1 gave one to our corporal and kept the other one myself.”

    10th September 1916

Supporting the Service Men & Women of Australia for over a Century!Returned & Services League