A site for their service

Historian Anthony McAleer with Lilydale RSL president Don Parsons.

A day-by-day account of the district’s 672 World War I servicemen and women is now online.

Lilydale RSL received a Federal Government Centenary of Armistice program grant and commissioned local military historian Anthony McAleer to create a project to highlight the service of the district’s men and women during The Great War.

Mr McAleer said it was initially going to be a publication, but a website was easier to navigate and could reach more people.

“It’s a great gift they’ve given to the community,” he said.

The Lillydale War Diary details the moments locals enlisted, when they sailed, the brave deeds they performed to receive awards, when they were wounded or hospitalised, and when and how they died on active service.

Items on the chronology also link to letters and diary entries from the servicemen and women, tying personal accounts to the events.

“It is a fascinating story that uses facts and their letters and diaries to piece together what happened to them all,” Mr McAleer said.

“A summary then uses this information to create tables and lists to uncover further interesting facts.”

Visit www.lillydalewardiary.com.

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