In December 1915: Sad and weary after their long struggle on the Gallipoli peninsula, the Anzacs were cheered up by the arrival of billies full of useful and comforting Christmas gifts, packed and sent by Australians. One observer wrote: 'The men were sitting around all over the place on the ground going through their billies, telling each other what they'd got. Some of them were trying to re-pack their booty but found they couldn't get all the contents back in the billies again.' www.shrine.org.au)
Imagine how happy soldiers would have felt at Christmas time to receive their special billies. To find out more have a look at the Australian War Memorial website.