Cpl Horace Lang, lost in the Battle of Bullecourt, 1917
Australian troops prepare to attack at Bullecourt, May 1917. Australian War Memorial Collection.
Horace Lang was a twenty-two year old clerk from North Street, Ascot Vale when he joined up in March 1915. He arrived in the Middle East in time to see service on the Gallipoli Peninsual, and later took part in operations in France. His brother Sergeant Thomas Lang of the NZEF subsequently died of illness in Cairo in 1918. See Rod Martin's story of Horace Lang's part in the Great War.
I have created a number of local history projects for which you will find links on this blog. I am a community historian (ie, not paid) living in Essendon. The content of my Empire Called database (see the link to the PBWorks website) is the result of nearly 25 years' research. I began collecting material for the database of local WW1 volunteers in the early 1990s, beginning with hand transcriptions of Honour Boards in local schools, churches, clubs and so on. It was after this that the National Archives of Australia began making digitised service records available online, followed by the Australian War Memorial uploading Embarkation Rolls of the Australian Imperial Force. The Empire Called blog is a companion for the PBWorks website of the same name.
Time Travellers in Essendon and Flemington is set up in the same way, with a website and a blog to report additions to the website. The website is a vehicle to publish longer pieces of research that are too long for newsletters. It also includes various indexes I have worked on for many years, plus photos from various sources which I date and describe in greater detail. You may find something of use for your research.