*JLML Photos

The 2010 John Laffin Memorial Lecture was held on Sunday 4th July at the Ashfield RSL Club, Sydney.


Photo
: Belgian member Anny De Decker with fellow FFFAIF member Will Davies 

Members gathered to hear fellow member Will Davies author Beneath Hill 60 give an interesting insight into the writing of the story. The movie Beneath Hill 60 released early in 2010 was based around the characters researched in the book. If you missed seeing the movie, the DVD will be released in time for Father’s Day.

Photo: Guest speaker Ray Martin

After lunch the gathering was addressed by journalist and television presenter Ray Martin A.M. who shared a few insights into the life of a reporter and researcher investigating present day views of past conflicts. His talk covered some aspects of the Boer War that impacted upon the Great War and his experiences in talking to veterans of the Great War.

Photo: FFFAIF President Russ Curley and Anny De Decker draw the lucky door prize for the afternoon

Look for a  full report of the day in an upcoming edition of DIGGER.

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The Families and Friends of the First AIF thanks the Australian, UK and French Governments for affording Australian and British soldiers dignified individual reburials in the new CWGC cemetery at Fromelles, and applauds the Australian and British Governments for their joint decision to DNA test the remains at exhumation and use every reasonable method to attempt identification of each soldier.

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