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Our Committee is raising funds to create a lasting legacy telling the story of Lemnos' link to Gallipoli and Australia's Anzac story. Our projects include the Lemnos Gallipoli Memorial in Albert Park, the publication of a major new historical and pictorial publication and more. To make a donation you can also deposit directly by direct debit into the Committee's bank account: Account Name: Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee Inc; Bank: Delphi Bank; Account No: 204299-020 BSB No: 941300; Include your surname in the reference section. For further information on our legacy projects or to make a donation please contact either Lee Tarlamis 0411553009 or Jim Claven 0409402388M

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Good Sounds in Bad Times - Music among the Anzacs in WW1

 An interesting new book has been published on music and the Anzacs.
Robert Holden's new book And the Band Played On explores a different sound of war, the music and live entertainment that helped divert our soldiers from the horrors of the front line, where death was never far from mind. Our troops trained and marched to war to the sound of brass bands, buglers summoned soldiers into action from morning to night and, when there was a break, be it in the mess huts, transport vehicles or the endless time spent in lice-ridden trenches, the men sang songs, recited poems or made music on simple instruments such as the harmonica, jaw harp, tin whistle or concertina. This ''down time'' was important in fortifying our troops, encouraging relaxation, camaraderie and a reminder of better times. It was diversion therapy of the best kind.
 
The author draws on extensive research from the National Archives and Australian War Memorial.
The book is published by Hardie Grant and sells for $29.95
To read the full review from the Melbourne Age, click here.

Jim Claven
Secretary
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee

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