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Fromelles Day Sydney 2019: Commemorative Procession and Commemoration

Commemorative Procession from the Archibald Fountain to the Anzac Memorial The Families and Friends of the First AIF in conjunction with the Trustees of the Anzac Memorial, hosted the Commemoration of the 103rd anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles at … Continue reading

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24 April 2019 ANZAC Day Service at Fromelles

ANZAC Day was commemorated in the village of Fromelles on Wednesday 24 April, commencing with a dawn service at the Cobbers statue in the Australian Memorial Park. The following photos,2019 Fromelles ANZAC Service 24 April 2019 supplied by Carole Laignel, … Continue reading

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CONTENTS Articles Fromelles: a veritable Hell , Lieut George Wilson, X5A MTMB, compiled by Phillip Mannell 3-8 Bdr 1319 Thomas Throsby (Smyth) King MM, 6 LHR/15 FAB/14 FAB , Geoff Lewis 9-13 Memories of Digger Days (1), found on Trove … Continue reading

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National network of Headstone Projects gathering in Canberra

Representatives from The Headstone Project in Tasmania and similar projects in South Australia, Victoria, NSW, and Western Australia gathered in Canberra on Saturday 13 April 2019 as a follow-on from the Headstone Projects Roundtable session in Hobart in  December that … Continue reading

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2/3 of the Diggers from Pheasant Wood now have their own headstones

19 July 2018 Headstone rededications. Photographs by Carole Laignel [Click on images to enlarge] The names of 233 or 93% of the 250 soldiers buried by the German Reserve Bavarian Infantry Regiment soldiers following the Battle of Fromelles are known. … Continue reading

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  CONTENTS Articles Memoirs of the 47 Battalion , Major John T Jones MC, RMO 47 Bn (AAMC) 3-18 Major Harold Charles Howden MC & Bar, 13 , 45 & 48 Bns, Graeme Hosken 19-24 For Valour: forgotten VCs of … Continue reading

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Australian DIGGER stories on-line for New Year Summer reading

The Families and Friends of the First AIF has brought its vast collection of Australian DIGGER stories on-line for its Members. First Issue 2002  and 2003 All 65 editions of DIGGER published from October 2002 are now available for reading … Continue reading

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CONTENTS Articles The impact of the Great War, Sue Tongue 3-4 ‘Overheard on a train’, anon. reporter, ‘Burnie Advocate’, 1931 4 Report on 2018 John Laffin Memorial Lecture Day, Paul Simadas 5-6 1917 letter: Pte 3774 Fred Chin, 19th Bn, … Continue reading

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CONTENTS Articles Montbrehain: the AIF’s last battle of the war, Evan Evans 3-8 Ptes 6509 Huntsman, 6987 Eacott, 7th Bn, and 6831 Neilson, 8th Bn, Andrew Pittaway 9-10 SALIENT: Contemporary artists at the Western Front (exhibition), Compiled by Jill Hayes … Continue reading

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CONTENTS Articles Captain Alick Burgess, 11th Bn, Graeme Hosken with Ross Burgess 3-16 Post-traumatic stress disorders and shell-shock in WWI, Jessica Bourke, JLMHP recipient 17-20 Book release: ‘The Little Stowaway’, Vicki Bennett 21-22 Soldier’s letter: Pte (later Lieut) 927 Vincent … Continue reading

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