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100th Anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux

25th April 1918- 25th April 2018

On April 25, 1918 the village of Villers-Bretonneux was liberated by ANZAC forces after what has been described as perhaps “the finest Australian feat of arms on the Western Front”. At that time and to this day the words “Villers-Bretonneux” represent a powerful symbol to Australians of the horrors of war and of the courage, resilience and selflessness of those who give their lives for liberty and the safety of others. Villers-Bretonneux is testament to an unbreakable bond between the peoples of France and Australia. On July 14 1919 the French community expressed words that reverberated with compassion, respect and friendship: “Soldiers of Australia, whose brothers lie here in French soil, be assured that your memory will always be kept alive, and that the burial places of your dead will always be respected and cared for...”Let us now add our own words of thanks to the people of Villers-Bretonneux for your ongoing belief in the links between our countries. 


4th April 1918 - 4th April 2018

100th Anniversary of Villers-Brettonneux

4th-5th April 1918

The First VILLERS-BRETONNEUX

The Strength of the 9th Infantry Brigade was about 2,250 but their casualties during the 2 days of fighting numbered 30 Officers and 635 men either killed in action or missing.

9th Infantry Brigade Casualties.4th-5th April 1918

33rd Battalion. AIF 3 Officers 82 Other ranks
34th Battalion. AIF 5 Officers 120 Other ranks
35th Battalion. AIF 9 Officers 282 Other ranks (including 44 missing)
36th Battalion. AIF 12 Officers 133 Other ranks (including 1 missing)
9th Machine Gun Company. AIF 1 Officer 18 Other ranks (including 4 missing)

 

Merry Christmas To All

 


03/12/2018



Harrower Collection Coffee Mug.



Fromelles Final Chapter

The Battle of Fromelles in France during the First World War was Australia's worst 24 hours. Thousands of men were shot down amid the horror of that blundered attack.

The whereabouts of hundreds of dead soldiers was unknown for almost a century until the discovery in 2008 of unmarked mass graves at Pheasant Wood. The remains of these 250 men sparked a mission to reclaim their identities.

Tim Lycett and Sandra Playle became key players in the identification project, volunteering their time and working alongside other amateur advocates and international experts. Tim tells how they pieced together fragments of information from relics, military records and family histories using genealogy data and DNA analysis. They fought to have authorities reopen investigations in their quest to find the untold stories of the diggers and reconnect them with their families.

This is an inspiring, heart-rending account of war, its aftermath and its effect on the lives of the lost diggers' descendants.



It was an honour to be a guest speaker at Sandgate Cemetery 12th October 2017 at the dedication for the men of the 35th Battalion AIF who fought and died at Passchendaele on the 12th October 1917.

Maitland Art Gallery


Sandgate Cemetery 12th October 2017. Descendants of  Private 1235 Stephen Scott. Killed in Action at Passchendaele 12th October 1917 with the 35th Battalion.  Lest We Forget.

Latest acquisition for collection, 35th Battalion man from Miller's Forrest via Raymond Terrace.

Private: 463 Arthur Bernard JONES