Category Archives: Commemorations

VALE – Ivan Sinnaeve

Ivan Sinnaeve ‘Shrapnel Charlie’ On behalf of the committee and members of Families and Friends of the First AIF, I express condolences to Marie Claire Sinnaeve, her family and friends on the loss of her dear husband, Ivan, at the age … Continue reading

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VALE – Jean Letaille AM

 Jean Letaille AM On behalf of the committee and members of Families and Friends of the First AIF I express condolences to the family and friends on the sudden passing of Jean Letaille. We are informed that Jean passed away on … Continue reading

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AWM Plaques unveiled

Members of the FFFAIF were present at the Australian War Memorial on Tuesday 14 February for the dedication of commemorative plaques for the 2nd, 13th, 34th and 54th Australian Infantry Battalions. FFFAIF member and author of Our Gift to the … Continue reading

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Plaque Dedications at AWM

During February 2012 two special dedication services will take place in the grounds of The Australian War Memorial, Canberra for Battalions of the First AIF. Dedication of plaques to commemorate the service and honour of the 2nd, 54th, 13th and 34th Battalions … Continue reading

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2011 Memorial Lecture

John Laffin Memorial Lecture An invitation to attend the Annual John Laffin Memorial Lecture to be held in Sydney on Sunday 3rd July 2011 10.30am – 3.00pm Ashfield RSL Club 374 Liverpool Rd Ashfield This year’s speakers will be Mr John … Continue reading

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Pozieres Service

Pozieres Day Commemoration The First Battalion Association is commemorating the Battle Pozieres at their annual service. This is a most impressive service conducted under the Cross of Pozieres. This service has been continuous since 1935, passed on from the 1st … Continue reading

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Bapaume Honour Roll

A Roll of Honour Plaque will be dedicated on 26 March 2011 in Bapaume to the men of the AIF who were killed on March 25/26 1917 in an explosion in Bapaume Town Hall. Photo: Privates Charles Neild and Alexander … Continue reading

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Connecting Spirits 2010

FFFAIF member Julie Reece is once again leading a group of young South Australians across the battlefields of the Western Front. The students come from Meningie Area School and Birdwood High School and are members of the Connecting Spirits project. Photo: … Continue reading

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11/11 in Belgium

Remembrance Day in Ieper Belgium was very different to the bright sunshine of Canberra. FFFAIF Belgium member Anny Decker sent these photos of the commemorations in a very wet and windy Ieper where the crowds were smaller than anticipated due to … Continue reading

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AE1 Remembered

Ninety six years ago, on 14th September 1914, the newly commissioned Royal Australian Navy submarine, the AE1, was lost with all hands aboard perishing. The AE1 and the AE2 were launched in May 1913 and commissioned into the Australian Navy … Continue reading

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