Recognising Australian Service: The Boer War to the Present Day

During the centenary of the First World War one would be forgiven for thinking that this conflict has eclipsed all others. However the purpose of the RSL Virtual War Memorial is to recognise Australian service and sacrifice from the Boer War at the end of the nineteenth century to the current conflicts in the Middle East. In this article, we have highlighted one of the many South Australian individuals or units involved. Follow the links by clicking a photograph or a conflict and take the time to discover a little more the people and the conflicts in which they served. We encourage you to support our objective of capturing and preserving the stories of all those who served. Please make a contribution to the story of a family member or colleague or to the website more generally.

 Samuel Hubbe

Samuel Grau Hübbe, Macclesfield 

 Boer War (1899 - 1902) 

Australians served : 16,363

John Ledo, Glanville Adelaide

 Boxer Rebellion (1900 - 1901) 

Australians served : 566

Arthur Furniss

Arthur Henry Furniss, Mount Lofty

World War One (1914 - 1918)

Australians served : 333,781

Elaine Balfour-Ogilvy

Elaine Balfour-Ogilvy, Renmark

World War Two (1939 - 1945)

Australians served : 575,799

Terence Briscoe

Terence John Briscoe, Prospect

British Occupation Force Japan (1945 - 1950)

Australians served : 16,000

Leonard Opie

Leonard Murray Opie, DCM, Medindie

Peacekeeping (1947 - 2013)

Australians served : 8,030

Raymond Baldwin

Raymond Gordon Wilson Baldwin, Adelaide 

Malayan Emergency (1948 - 1960)

Australians served : 7,000

Donald Dunstan

Sir Donald Beaumont Dunstan, Adelaide 

Korean War (1950 - 1953)

Australians served : 14,087


Michael Joseph Gunter Baron von Berg MC, OAM, Adelaide          

Vietnam War (1962 - 1973)

Australians served : 50,190

Noel Smith OAM

Noel Smith, OAM, Adelaide

Malaysia/Indonesia Confrontation (1963 - 1966)   

Australians served : 3,500     


John Cantwell, AO DSC

First Gulf War (1990 - 1991)

Australians served : 1,800

Jamie Larcombe

Jamie Ronald Larcombe, Kingscote

Middle East Area of Operations & Afghanistan (2001 - 2014)

Australians served : 35,000

© Elsa Reuter, RSL Virtual War Memorial