On 6 August 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War, Australia agreed to a request by the British government to seize German wireless stations in German New Guinea.
Australia was also required to occupy the territory under the British flag and establish a military administration. The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) was formed for this. The Expeditionary Force landed at Rabaul on 11 September 1914, took possession of German New Guinea at Toma on 17 September 1914 and the neighbouring islands of the Bismarck Archipelago in October 1914.
Read more about the war in New Guinea.
Enter New Guinea 1914 in the Search box on the Australian War Memorial website
Additional information about each soldier is available at http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/
This project is proudly supported by the Queensland Government
Young men of Douglas Shire responded well
to the call to serve their country during
World War I, 1914-1918.
With the help of a grant through the Queensland Anzac Centenary Program, we have identified around 220 men who were born or enlisted in the Shire or who enlisted elsewhere but had family addresses back in the Shire.