There has been a lot of news recently about the 100th anniversaries of various events that took place during the Great War.

On 21 November 1916, the SS Hunscraft sailed from Southampton to France. My great grandfather, Robert Pocock, was aboard.

He was part of the Australian Imperial Force, 3rd Divisional Train.

It's sad that Australians had to travel half way around the world to break up fist fights and tank battles. Sadder still that some people who romanticize the mistakes of imperialism are being appointment to significant positions of power.

Fortunately my great grandfather returned to Australia in one piece, many Australians didn't.

Robert Pocock's war medals