Aaron Pegram has worked at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) since 2007. Beginning as an assistant curator of the Memorial’s photographs collection, he currently works in the Military History Section as the Memorial’s First World War Centenary historian. A young and enthusiastic First World War historian, Aaron regularly publishes on the Australians’ campaign on the Western Front in history magazines and journals in Australia and overseas. He is the editor of William Cull’s memoir Both sides of the wire: the memoir of an Australian officer captured in the Great War (2011) and co-editor of Beyond Surrender: Australian Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century (2015). Aaron has recently submitted a PhD thesis on the 3,861 Australians taken prisoner by the German Army on the Western Front and is currently working on a book on the Victoria Cross.
Aaron’s research has taken him to battlefields in France and Belgium on plenty of occasions, as well archives in Britain, Germany and the United States. He has been involved in joint Australian War Memorial-Imperial War Museum staff study tours to Gallipoli and Western Front since 2008, and in 2011, was a recipient of an Australian Army History Research Grant. In addition to his studies on the First World War, Aaron has written about the air war over Europe in the Second World War, and is developing into one of the Memorial’s specialists on Australia’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is passionate about Australian military history, and brings to our tours a solid understanding of the AIF’s operations, tactics and stories from its campaign on the Western Front.
“The main purpose of this note is to thank you for your part in making our recent Western Front 2014 Tour such an inspiring, informative and memorable one. Thank you very much for the research you did before our tour Aaron Pegram, not only on my relative but also on all the others. Hearing their stories and seeing their resting places did give an extra dimension to the battlefield and strategy explanations you gave us. Thank you again, and very best wishes to you for your ongoing work at the memorial.
Rosemary and Leighton Smith, O’Halloran Hill, SA
“After an extra week in St Malo, Jersey and Paris, we missed being looked after and it was a shock to have to think about things instead of being guided so well by Aaron Pegram and John Waller. We really enjoyed our Battlefield Tour thanks to you and John being so organised and calm.
We learnt so much from you and it was wonderful to share the stories from other descendants. I congratulate you on the very efficient manner in which you remembered everyone’s special battlefield place, and how you helped us to pay our respects. It made it very special.
I do hope that you had a safe trip home. Many thanks for looking after us so well and for all the wonderful times we had on our tour. Regards and all the best.”
“I would like to thank both Aaron Pegram and John Waller for making the 2014 Western Front Battlefield Tour a wonderful and memorable experience. Your enthusiasm for the trip was I believe appreciated by everyone.
Aaron, your expert knowledge and your dedication to research everyone’s personal interests ‘made’ the trip. You were able to put the WW1 battles (both general and specific) into context.
John, your friendliness and attention to detail made the trip very enjoyable and satisfied all my expectations. Best wishes and many thanks.”