This guide focuses on Australians serving in World War 1. It also includes some information relevant to Great Britain, other Commonwealth nations and other combatant nations. There is a section on nurses and women's war occupations.
If you are not in the library or are using your own computer or mobile device, you must be a Victorian resident and have a State Library member number.
To find the ebooks, go to the State Library website and click on the Catalogue box at the top of the page. Select the ebooks option and type in your search term.
Or, you can hover your mouse over the Search & Discover heading and go to the Free Databases heading. Click on Journals, articles, indexes and ebooks. Go down the page to the Ebooks heading. Our ProQuest and Ebsco ebook databases are listed here. Search each one separately for ebooks on World War I.
Click on either ProQuest Ebook Central or Ebscohost Ebooks.
Once you are in the Ebooks database, type the search term World War 1914-1918 in the search box. There is also an advanced search option if you have other keywords to add.
From stray dog to World War I hero: the Paris terrier who joined the First Division by Grant Hayter-Menzies
This is the delightful story of a stray dog, Rags, adopted in Paris by an American soldier. Rags served on the front line, carrying messages and serving as an early warning system of mortar attacks. (A mortar was a weapon which fired explosive projectiles in an arc to hit hidden targets). When Rags heard a mortar approaching, he flattened himself on the ground, giving the men time to take cover. After the war, he was smuggled aboard a hospital ship bound for America, where he lived to the ripe old age of nineteen.