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Vale – Major General Gordon Lindsay Maitland AO, OBE, RFD, ED

On behalf of the Committee and Members of Families and Friends of the First AIF, I extend condolences to the family and friends of FFFAIF Foundation Member Gordon Maitland on his passing on 17 October 2018, aged 92 years. Major … Continue reading

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The Story of Rembrella Poppy Umbrellas in Australia

The images of poppies on the old Flanders battlefields and umbrellas lining the route of The Armistice Day Poppy Parade to the Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper (Ypres) inspired Lt. Colonel (Rtd) Graham Parker OBE, instigator of the Parade and … Continue reading

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2018 John Laffin Memorial Lecture

Report by Paul Simadas, FFFAIF Vice President   The 2018 John Laffin Memorial Lecture Day, held at 99 York St in Sydney’s CBD on 15 September was a rewarding day for those who attended. In a full day of talks … Continue reading

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Commemoration of the Battles of Third Ypres, Sydney

The Families and Friends of the First AIF invite you to attend or view the Commemoration of the Battles of Third Ypres Wednesday 26 September 2018, 10.45 am for 11:00 am to 12.00 noon at the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney. … Continue reading

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2018 John Laffin Memorial Lecture

Members and their guests are invited to attend  The John Laffin Memorial Lecture  Saturday 15th September 2018   10:00 am to 3:30 pm    Level 2, 99 York Street, Sydney CBD – One block from Town Hall Station Several nearby … Continue reading

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Fromelles Day Sydney 2018: Commemorative Procession from the Archibald Fountain to the Anzac Memorial and Commemorative Service

The Families and Friends of the First AIF in conjunction with the Trustees of the Anzac Memorial, hosted the Commemoration of the 102nd anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles at The Anzac Memorial Hyde Park, Sydney on Thursday 19 July … Continue reading

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Headstone Rededication and Commemoration at Fromelles 19 July 2018

On a very hot and sunny day, the Headstone Rededication and Commemoration of the Battle of Fromelles was held at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery. The Service on Thursday 19 July commenced at 6pm, exactly 102 years after the scheduled … Continue reading

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Fromelles Association AGM 10:30am Sunday 29 July 2018 at Castle Hill RSL Club

Nine Australian Soldiers who fought in the Battle of Fromelles in France were formally identified at the 2018 Fromelles Identification Board in April. In its announcement, The Australian Army acknowledged the work of The Fromelles Association of Australia, the original … Continue reading

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Sydney Commemorative Service for the Battle of Pozieres

During The Battle of Pozieres, from 23 July 1916 until 7 August 1916, the AIF suffered enormous losses. Charles  Bean, Australia’s  official war historian described the Pozieres ridge as being more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place … Continue reading

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Commemoration of the Battle of Fromelles, Thursday 19 July 2018

Thursday 19 July is the 102nd anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles in northern France, the first battle involving Australian troops on the Western Front following the withdrawal from Gallipoli. It was and remains the largest loss of Australian life … Continue reading

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