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 on earth.

The First Battalion Association will hold its annual commemorative service at Saint Columbo Uniting Church, on the corner of Ocean and Forth Street, Woollahra on Sunday 22nd July at 9:30am.

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Photo: The Queen’s and Regimental Colours of the First Battalion enter the church carried by the Colour Party of the RNSWR

 

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Photo: The Queen’s and Regimental Colours of the First Battalion are laid upon the altar during the service along with the Australian and 1st Bn Association flags and the Pozieres Cross and 1st Battalion AIF flags.

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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 in a 24-hour period with 1,917 killed or died of wounds, 3,416 wounded and 496 taken prisoner totalling 5,533 casualties. Relatives of soldiers who participated in the Battle will be among those attending Commemorative Services for the Battle of Fromelles to be held at Fromelles, Melbourne as well as Sydney.

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In 2008, the graves of 250 soldiers buried by the Germans after the battle were located and in 2010 reinterred in the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery and 159 of these soldiers have now been identified by name. There will be a Commemoration at the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery where another 9 named headstones will be dedicated. The names of a further 71 soldiers thought to be buried in the Cemetery are known along with 20 of their fallen comrades whose identity is not yet clear. Anyone who believes that they are related to one of the Australian soldiers who are still missing from the Battle of Fromelles are asked to register their details with Unrecovered War Casualties – Army at www.army.gov.au/uwca or by calling toll-free in Australia on 1800 019 090 (9-5 Mon – Friday).

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 In Melbourne, there will be a Wreath Laying at the Cobbers Memorial at the Shrine of Remembrance at 1:30pm on 19 July 2018 organised by the Friends of the 15th Brigade.

 

The Solemn Procession leaving the Archibald Fountain Image by Rob Tuckwell Photography

The Commemorative Procession leaving the Archibald Fountain
Image by Rob Tuckwell Photography

In Sydney there will be a Commemorative Procession in Hyde Park, assembling at 10:10am, departing at 10:30 from the Archibald Fountain which celebrates the bond between Australia and France in The Great War to the Anzac Memorial. The Procession re-enacts the final march of the veterans of the 5th Division 52 years ago on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles in 1966 to the Anzac Memorial to request that the Trustees of the Anzac Memorial always remember their service and the sacrifice of their comrades on 19 July 1916. It also symbolically represents crossing “No-man’s land” of up to “400 yards” on the Fromelles battlefield. Descendants of these veterans and their fallen colleagues have been invited. The Commemoration will be held at 10:45 for 11:00 am and conclude at 12 noon. If you wish to participate in the Sydney Commemoration, please RSVP to rsvp@fffaif.org.au.

The Solemn Procession approaching the ANZAC Memorial with Association des Anciens Combatants Francais NSW & NSW RSL Corps of Guards. Image by Rob Tuckwell Photography

The Commemorative Procession approaching the ANZAC Memorial with Association des Anciens Combatants Francais NSW & NSW RSL Corps of Guards.
Image by Rob Tuckwell Photography 

Those unable to participate in the Commemorations in person, are invited to watch the Sydney Commemorative Procession and Commemoration streamed live and available for viewing later on the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AnzacMemorial. Go to www.facebook.com, and search for Anzacmemorial, choose Anzac Memorial

As we Keep The Memory Alive

Jim Munro
President

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Bastille Day Community Celebration Saturday 14 July 2018 La Perouse Museum & Grounds

Saturday 14 July 2018

9:30am – 2pm

Location
La Perouse Museum & Grounds
Address
1542 Anzac Parade, La Perouse

Come and celebrate Bastille Day, the French National Day with historical re-enactments, food and drink stalls, live entertainment and fun activities for the whole family.

Cost
Free Admission
Email
events@randwick.nsw.gov.au

 

The French National Day will be marked with a wreath-laying ceremony and historical re-enactments, including the firing of two cannons, as well as entertainment provided by Paris-based, Australian jazz musician Chris Cody and his band.

The grounds of the Museum will feature traditional lawn games, croquet and petanque, and children can participate in a Parisian-style art lesson while audiences are entertained by a wandering accordion player.

Members of the public are invited to visit the La Perouse Museum, which contains original maps, antique scientific instruments and relics recovered from the wrecks of La Perouse’s frigates Boussole and Astrolabe.

The Museum is now open four days a week from 10am, with free entry.

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“Fromelles Family” Gathering, Sydney, Saturday 23 June 2018

More than 70 descendants of soldiers who fought in the Battle of Fromelles, members of the Families and Friends of the First AIF, the Fromelles Association, the Australian Branch of the Western Front Association and World War One Descendants gathered at Club York, 99 York St, Sydney to say G’day and Thank you to some of the key people in the Fromelles story who have been involved in raising awareness of the Battle of Fromelles, the search for soldiers who were buried by the Germans after the Battle, and the campaign for their location, investigation, exhumation, and reinterment in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, or the on-going quest to identify these soldiers and honour each of them with a named headstone.

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  Special guests included:

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Lambis Englezos AM who identified that the number of Australian soldiers killed in the battle did not match the number of soldiers buried by British and Australian forces in named and un-named graves and that some burial locations were therefore “missing”. It was the start of his quest to locate and honour these men.

Ray Martin AM whose 2006 story on the Battle of Fromelles on 60 Minutes featured FFFAIF’s French Member Yves Fohlen, which had such an impact that Ray has included it in his autobiographical Stories of my Life.

Chris Bryett, founder of Recovering Overseas Australian Missing (ROAM) who advocated for DNA testing and formed a privately funded team of internationally recognised experts to investigate the Pheasant Wood location.

Patrick Lindsay AM whose book Fromelles, published in 2007 did much to raise awareness of the research and campaigning of Lambis Englezos and his team and Chris Bryett with ROAM for the investigation of the “missing” soldiers of the Battle of Fromelles.

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Prof Tony Pollard, MAJGEN Mike O’Brien, Dr Denise Donlon, Peter Barton, MAJGEN Paul Stevens

Prof Bruce Scates, Lambis Englezos, Sandra Playle, Tim Lycett, Tim Whitford, Jim Munro

Professor Tony Pollard, who headed the Glasgow University Archaeological Research Department Team that was commissioned to undertake the non-invasive investigation in 2008 that confirmed the likelihood of soldiers remains in burial pits near Pheasant Wood.

Professor Bruce Scates, who was a member of the Panel of Investigation and participated in the Historians Round Table that helped establish the “Working List” of names of soldiers who might have been buried at Pheasant Wood.

Tim Lycett, who with Sandra Playle set up the Fromelles Descendants Database and participated in the Historians Round Table that helped establish the “Working List” of names of soldiers who might have been buried at Pheasant Wood. Tim and Sandra, with a network of researchers traced family trees, identified descendants and found photographs for many of the “Missing of Fromelles”. Their book, Fromelles: The Final Chapters tells the story of their quest to restore the identities of the “lost” diggers of Fromelles, using fragments of information, military records, DNA, genealogy and persistence.

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Prof. Richard Wright and Ambika Flavel       Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery

Professor Richard Wright AM, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Sydney, Senior Forensic Adviser to Oxford Archaeology during the Pheasant Wood mass graves exhumation and investigation at Fromelles.

Royce Atkinson, President of the Fromelles Association, leading continuing efforts to trace relatives whose DNA might match that extracted from the soldiers re-interred at Fromelles and thereby help identify more of them individually.

 

FFFAIF President Jim Munro welcomed the members of the broad “Fromelles Family” and after paying tribute to the late Neville Kidd, recited an extract taken from Laurence Binyon’s “For the Fallen” as an Ode of Remembrance taken. Jim then outlined the background to the Battle of Fromelles and the reasons for its failure.

Patrick Lindsay took on the role of story teller and introduced Lambis Englzos who explained why he thought there were Australian soldiers killed in the Battle but not accounted for in burial records and told of his quest to identify these men and find their location. To help convince The Australian Government to investigate his claims, Lambis sought to raise public awareness through the media, encouraging Patrick with his book Fromelles and Ray Martin with a 60 Minutes story. At the gathering, the re-screening of the 60 Minutes story, that was viewed by more than 2 million Australians in 2006, was met with spontaneous applause in appreciation.

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The role of Chris Bryett’s proposal for a private venture to undertake the investigation was pivotal in the Government and Army taking the lead role and engaging Glasgow University Archaeological Research Department (GUARD) to undertake a non-invasive investigation at Pheasant Wood to establish whether human remains might be present, and if so, an estimate of how many remains might be found and their likely condition. Tony Pollard reflected on his professional and personal experiences during the excavation and the pressures of media interest, difficult weather conditions and guiding team on-location so far from their base. 

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GUARD Archaeologists at Fromelles 2008      Jill Hayes, Jim Munro and Tony Pollard

Richard Wright outlined the importance that Oxford Archaeology placed on avoiding contamination during the excavation and exhumation process and documenting every aspect of each part the process. This has contributed to usable DNA being extracted for each of the 250 soldiers whose remains were exhumed as well as a comprehensive understanding of how the soldiers were buried. Both Richard and Tony shared that in their archaeological experiences with mass graves, they had not previously encountered such an orderly placement of bodies, attesting to the respect with which the German soldiers treated their fallen adversaries and followed the Order of General Von Braun. Richard also outlined the vast collection of artefacts found with the soldiers remains and remarkable condition these were in after 90 years.

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Royce Atkinson explained how the Fromelles Association was continuing efforts to trace relatives whose DNA might match that extracted from the soldiers re-interred at Fromelles and prepare submissions to Army to assist in identifying more soldiers. Barbara Abt attested to the impact on her family of Private Henry Bell being identified this year and having his headstone dedicated on 19 July. Stuart Quarmby shared his recent experience finding out about his relatives Corporal Alfred George Tuck and Acting Sergeant William Polding Ryan, who both died on their first day of battle. Geoffrey Benn, also a relative of Acting Sergeant Ryan shared his journey in learning of his relative’s involvement at Fromelles.

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Opportunities were provided for descendants and people with an interest in the Fromelles story to reflect on their own personal journey and how the special guests have contributed to that. The appreciative attendees gave their heartfelt thanks to the special guests and group photos were taken. The feedback on the Gathering has been overwhelmingly positive and helped to Keep The Memory Alive.

Jim Munro
President

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VALE – Neville Kidd

Neville Thomas Kidd 1922 - 2018

Neville Thomas Kidd 1922 – 2018

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 and Honorary Member Neville Kidd on his passing in the Lady Davidson Private Hospital on 22 April 2018, aged 95 years.

Neville’s father, 3138 Pte Thomas Oswald (“Ossie’) Kidd (1897-1928) served with the 1st Pioneer Bn on the Western Front before returning to Australia in 1919. His mother, Mary, raised 6 infant children, after being widowed in 1928 aged 29. Neville also had 3 uncles who served in The Great War. Neville followed in his father’s footsteps, enlisting in World War 2, where he met Pte Winifred (“Win”) Booth AWAS 7AAOD (Australian Women’s Army Service 7th Australian Advanced Ordinance Depot), and they married in 1944.

Neville joined FFFAIF as Member AUS 22 in November 2002 and provided much voluntary and invaluable assistance during the establishment of FFFAIF Inc and the John Laffin Memorial Fund.

In 2003 Neville Kidd first introduced many of us to Major Roy Harrison in his article An Anzac I Never Knew which appeared in DIGGER Magazine. Neville’s book An Impression Which Will Never Fade, the story of Major Roy Harrison, published in 2000, charts the course of Harrison’s enlistment in the AIF and his service with the 2nd and 54th Battalions through to his death during the Battle of Fromelles, 19 July 1916. In 2008 Neville shared his moving experience when he and Win first visited the grave of Major Harrison in Rue Petillon CWGC in 1990 with FFFAIF Founder John Laffin and his wife Hazelle. Read An Anzac I Never Knew.

Neville Kidd, Martial Delabarre and John Laffin at Fromelles June 1990

Neville Kidd, Martial Delabarre and John Laffin at Fromelles June 1990

Neville Kidd, Martial Delabarre and John Laffin at Fromelles June 1990

 Neville generously donated copies of An Impression Which Will Never Fade, to winners of the John Laffin Travel Scholarship from 2005 to 2008.

2006 was a significant year in raising awareness of the Battle of Fromelles. Lambis Englezos and his team and Chris Bryett with ROAM were campaigning for the investigation of the “missing” soldiers of the Battle of Fromelles; Lambis and ‘Froggie Cobber’ Yves Fohlen featured on Ray Martin’s story on the Battle of Fromelles on 60 Minutes; and Neville, along with Ross St. Claire presented the John Laffin Memorial Lecture focussed on the Battle of Fromelles. Neville with FFFAIF President Russell Curley laid a wreath at the 19 July Fromelles Day Commemoration at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park in Sydney with 7 FFFAIF members attending and FFFAIF wrote to the Trustees of the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney re the Fromelles Commemoration.

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Neville with FFFAIF President Russell Curley honouring the fallen 19 July 2007 and Neville with Jim Munro honouring the fallen 19 July 2008
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The following year, Patrick Lindsay’s Fromelles was published, which included extracts of Neville’s book An Impression Which Will Never Fade, and outlined Neville’s campaign for greater recognition of the Battle of Fromelles on the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney (p160-162).

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Patrick Lindsay Fromelles Book Dec 2007

A high point for Neville was the 2008 John Laffin Memorial Lecture focussed on the Battle of Fromelles when he joined with FFFAIF Members Lambis Englezos, Tim Whitford, Chris Bryett, Ross St Claire and Professor Richard Wright and author Patrick Lindsay for a series of lectures.

In 2009, Neville was invited to accept Honorary Membership of FFFAIF in recognition of his extraordinary service to Digger Heritage as demonstrated by his prolonged and untiring efforts to have the sacrifice made by the 5th Division AIF at Fromelles on 19/20 July 1916 properly recognised, and his voluntary and invaluable assistance during the establishment of FFFAIF Inc and the John Laffin Memorial Fund, and his continuing contributions.

In 2010, Neville participated in the inaugural FFFAIF Western Front Tour, 14-27 July 2010 as one 48 members on the tour. This tour combined individual and group commemorations with visits to most of the Western Front locations of significance to Australians and was an outstanding success. Neville commented that he had last experienced comradery similar to the Tour experience in his military service in World War II. Neville’s sense of humour and status as an elder statesman contributed significantly to the experience for all participants.

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Maurice Campbell commemorates Harold Campbell at Aeroplane Cemetery and
Elder Neville with Younger Sarah on the Western Front at Compienge July 2010
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Highlights for Neville included meeting Channel 7 Reporter Chris Reason on the battlefields and attending the Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate and meeting Australian Ambassador Brendan Nelson.

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Neville with Chris Reason and Mat McLachlan on the Western Front July 2010
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A memorable moment was when the Tour visited the Berks Cemetery Extension Memorial at Messines, where Neville misjudged the height of the chain and took a tumble, and was then reliant on a wheelchair with his “battlefield wound” for several days. However, this did not deter him pointing out that the Battle of Fromelles in 1916 is commemorated by inscription on the Memorial as “Fromelles 1916”, something that Neville aspired to see on Australian State and National War Memorials.

 

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Neville at Berks Cemetery Extension Memorial at Messines where “Fromelles 1916” is inscribed July 2010
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Neville also trekked to the top of the Butte at Polygon Wood to point out the primacy of the Battle of Fromelles on the 5th Division Memorial.

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Neville at the Memorial to the 5th Division at Polygon Wood July 2010
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Visiting the graves of Major Harrison and Rev Spencer Maxted at Rue Petillon, visiting Pheasant Wood and attendance at the dedication of the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery had special significance for Neville.

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Neville laying a wreath on the grave of Roy Harrison at Rue Petillon July 2010

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Russell Curley, Neville and Ross St. Claire, and
Neville with Kath, Val and Colin at the grave of Roy Harrison July 2010
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Lambis and Neville commemorate Rev Spencer Maxted at his grave at Rue Petillon and with Ross St. Claire at VC Corner July 2010

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Neville with FFFAIF Tour Group looking across no-man’s land from the German front line July 2010

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Neville with Trevor Munro and Tim Whitford at Pheasant Wood July 2010

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Lambis Englezos and Neville where the “missing” soldiers were buried “before Pheasant Wood” July 2010

As a post-script to the Dedication ceremony at Fromelles, then FFFAIF Patron and Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC invited FFFAIF to organise a Fromelles Retrospective at Government House in Canberra, which Neville was honoured to attend on Remembrance Day 2010.

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Neville on Remembrance Day 2010 at the AWM and at Government House with Val and Colin
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Neville with Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC and Michael Bryce at the Fromelles Retrospective on Remembrance Day 2010

Neville continued to advocate for greater recognition for those men who fought in the Battle of Fromelles on 19 July 1916. Part of his legacy is that the Fromelles Day Commemoration at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park in Sydney has grown from the small Commemoration in 2006 to more than 250 people attending a decade later. The Fromelles Day Commemoration is now one of the most significant commemorations in the Anzac Memorial calendar.

Neville also continued to participate in FFFAIF John Laffin Memorial Lectures and AGM’s, and as his mobility declined, on several occasions he connected via Skype and participated by reciting Laurence Binyon’s For the Fallen as The Ode.

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Neville Kidd with FFFAIF members

We give thanks for Neville’s contribution to helping Keep The Memory Alive and to FFFAIF and its members. We will treasure our memories of him.

Neville is at rest next to his beloved wife Win at Macquarie Park Cemetery. Condolences are extended to Kath, Colin and Val and families on the passing of their much-loved father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Jim Munro
President

A copy of this FFFAIF Tribute to Neville Kidd may be downloaded by clicking here.
Neville Kidd – FFFAIF Tribute – May 2018

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Project to build wind farms at the site of the Battle of Bullecourt will not proceed

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A project to build wind farms at the site of the Battle of Bullecourt will not proceed

Remembrance of the Battles of Bullecourt, 10-11 April and 3-17 May 1917, have been kept alive by the local community over the past hundred years. Four memorials, the Bullecourt Digger, the bronze Slouch Hat, the Little Cross memorial, and the Jean and Denise Letaille Museum, are testament to the commitment of the people of this small French community.  They have honoured, respected and preserved the sacrifice of the Australian and British troops who fought, who may have been killed in action, who may have been wounded in these fields. In the first battle, the AIF took 3,289 casualties; the second saw 7,482 Australian and 6,800 British casualties. 

French company Energie Green had proposed to erect a series of wind turbines as a means of generating power, on the battlefield site, where 2,423 men of the AIF lie in unmarked graves. Each year, significant numbers of Australians travel to Bullecourt to pay their respects to the men who fought in the battles and those who were killed in action.

After widespread concern being expressed at the proposal, media coverage and diplomatic representations have led to the project being terminated.

Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan released the following statement:

21 November 2017

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Statement from Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan on
the announcement that a project to build wind farms at the site of the Battle of
Bullecourt would not proceed.

“What a great reminder that we will never forget,” Mr Tehan said.
“This is wonderful news for every Australian and especially those with a family
connection to the Battle of Bullecourt.
“Some 2300 Australians who died at Bullecourt have no known grave and Australians
were rightly concerned about the potential impact of a construction project at the site.
“The ENGIE Group has listened to the concerns of the Australian people and they have
acted with empathy by cancelling this project.
“I would like to thank the ENGIE Group, who listened to our concerns, for the respect
they have shown for the sacrifice made by Australian soldiers on French soil one
hundred years ago and the French Government, who made representations on behalf of
Australia.
“Seeing how passionate Australians were about protecting the final resting place of the
Bullecourt soldiers was a powerful reminder that we will never forget the service and
sacrifice of the men and women who fight for our freedom and values.”

Click here to download a copy of Minister Tehan’s Media Statement Bullecourt 2017 11 21 Tehan statement – Bullecourt wind farms

 

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FFFAIF announces 2018 Western Front Commemorative Tour

Following the success of the FFFAIF Commemorative Tours in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 for its Members, the FFFAIF is again undertaking a Commemorative Tour to the battlefields of the First World War in Belgium and France in 2018. The 17 day Tour commences on 1st July 2018 and will be present at the Australian Corps Memorial, Le Hamel for the official DVA Centenary commemorations on the 4th July 2018.

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Shrapnel Charlie’s Diggers at Le Hamel, 25 July 2010. Photo: Colin Kidd

The 93 minute Battle of Hamel on 4th July 1918 was Sir John Monash’s “model” battle that proved a turning point in the Great War and helped lay the foundations for the allied victories of 1918.

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Participants will immerse themselves in the history of The Great War as they follow in the footsteps of our ANZAC and Commonwealth forebears. The tour will visit Mons to understand how the British Expeditionary Force and French retreat thwarted the German invasion plan, and encompass the major battlefields across Belgium and France and visit Charleroi, the final encampment location after the war for most Australian Diggers before embarkation home.

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The Tour will also explore the historic battlefield of Waterloo and visit the cultural centre of Bruges, home to Flemish and Dutch Painting Masters and amazing scenery.

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“The journey of a lifetime” is how many participants of previous FFFAIF Commemorative Tours have described their experience. FFFAIF members with specialist battlefield knowledge combine with the local knowledge of our European FFFAIF Members to enable tour participants to experience a customized tour that attempts to get each participant to a significant  cemetery, memorial and/or location on the battlefield, that links them to their past.

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To join FFFAIF members on this Tour, Contact David Wright, Travel Agent supporting the tour by email to tour@fffaif.org.au.

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Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battles of Third Ypres Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park Sydney, Tuesday 26 September 2017

 The Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battles of Third Ypres was held on the centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood, Tuesday 26 September 2017 at the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park Sydney. The commemoration honoured the 43 Divisions of British and Dominion troops involved in all the Battles of Third Ypres. The battles lasted for 102 days with more than 300,000 casualties.  Australian Divisions participated in the battles of

Menin Road, 20-25 September;
Polygon Wood, 26 September to 3 October;
Broodseinde, 4 October;
Poelcapelle, 9 October; and
Passchendaele (First Battle), 12 October.

I ANZAC Corps, consisting of the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Australian Divisions and II ANZAC Corps consisting of the 3rd Australian Division, the New Zealand Division with 2 British Divisions on rotation, fought alongside each other for the first time.

 Hosted by the Families and Friends of the First AIF (Australian Imperial Force), descendants of soldiers of the Great War, with representatives of the Belgian Government, civic leaders, descendant organisations, ex-service organisations, Members of the Centenary of Anzac Council, Trustees of the Anzac Memorial and Australian Defence Forces personnel honoured those who fought in the series of desperate battles.

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Whilst more than 100 guests gathered in bright sunshine, the Australian Army Band Sydney under the direction of Officer Commanding and Music Director, Major Matt Chilmaid played Nearer My God to Thee, and God Bless Australia as gathering songs.

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Gathering Songs led by Australian Army Band Sydney with Major Matt Chilmaid

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Guest of Honour, Professor the Hon. Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO was welcomed by FFFAIF President Jim Munro and Committee Member Jill Hayes and presented with a Rembrella poppy umbrella to protect her from the sun and in appreciation of her contribution to FFFAIF commemorations over recent years.

Other Guests included:

Mrs. Andrée Kerremans, Consul at the Embassy of Belgium
Mr. Paul Leroy, Honorary Consul of Belgium in New South Wales
The Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, representing The Hon David Elliott MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Councillor Christine Forster, representing The City of Sydney
Ms Louise Ferguson: Director, Strategy & Coordination, Educational Services representing the Secretary, Department of Education as Trustee of the Anzac Memorial
Professor John Ramsland OAM, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Newcastle

NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Councillors:
Mr Harry Allie BEM: Chair of the NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans Commemoration Service Committee;
Mr Ron Brown, President of the National Serviceman’s Association (NSW);
Mr Will Davies, Historian and author;
Lieutenant Colonel Colin Dunston RFD, Past President of Sydney Legacy;
Mr Joshua Favaloro;
Mrs Olwyn Green OAM, Korean War Widow;
Mrs Wendy Thompson, Past President NSW War Widows Guild of Australia; and
Mrs Diane Vogt representing the President, NSW War Widows Guild of Australia

Senior Defence Personnel
Lt. Col. Paul Simadas RFD, Headquarters, Australian Army Cadets, representing The Australian Army;
Wing Commander David Mason, representing RAAF AVM Steven Roberton DSC AM, Air Commander Australia; and
CAPT Stephen Bowater, representing RAN Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer AO CSC and Bar, Fleet Commander.

Mr Alexander Weilsmann, Director of Institutional Relationships & United Nations Day Adviser, United Nations Association Australia (NSW);

Mr Greg Cowle, President & Mrs Karen Dawson, Secretary, Australian World War One Descendants.

Click here to view the Order of Service.

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The commemoration commenced with Professor Bashir being escorted to her seat by FFFAIF President Jim Munro and Committee Member Margaret Snodgrass OAM who, as FFFAIF’s Commemorations Officer, has met and welcomed guests at FFFAIF commemorations for the past 8 years, accompanied by NSW RSL Corps of Guards Adjutant Iain Finlay and Assistant Adjutant Pam Richardson.

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Master of Ceremonies, and FFFAIF Member Darren Mitchell welcomed guests and invited Mr Harry Allie BEM, Chair of the NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans Commemoration Service Committee and a member of the NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council to make an Acknowledgement of Country on behalf of indigenous elders

You can hear Mr Harry Allie’s Acknowledgement of Country on the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AnzacMemorial.

Led by the Australian Army Band Sydney featuring Musician Jeff Camilleri, the Recessional was sung.

 ANZ_YPRES_2017_087 Recessional led by Jeff Camilleri and the Australian Army Band Sydney ANZ_YPRES_2017_085 Recessional - Dignitaries

Recessional led by Jeff Camilleri and the Australian Army Band Sydney
Capt. Stephen Bowater, Lt Col Paul Simadas, Wing Cmdr. David Mason, Natasha Maclaren-Jones, Harry Allie, Jill Hayes, Jim Munro, Dame Marie Bashir, Russell Curley, Craig Laffin, Andrée Kerremans, Paul Leroy, Pastor Bob Durbin, with NSW RSL Corps of Guards Adjutant Iain Findlay. [Click on images to enlarge]
 

A Vice Regal Message from His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and FFFAIF Patron-in-Chief was read by MC Darren Mitchell. Click here to read the Vice-Regal message for Third Battle of Ypres.

Messages of appreciation from the people of Ieper and Belgium were conveyed by Mrs. Andrée Kerremans, Consul at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium

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  Messages from Belgium delivered by Consul Andrée Kerremans
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 Click here to read the Message from Ieper.

 You can hear Mrs. Andrée Kerremans’ Message from Belgium on the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AnzacMemorial

 The Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, representing The Hon David Elliott MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs pronounced a call to remember the Battles in Belgium in 1917.

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The Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC pronounces the Prologue

 You can hear The Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones’ Prologue on the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AnzacMemorial

Pastor Bob Durbin, Chaplain, RSL LifeCare offered a Prayer.

ANZ_YPRES_2017_178c Prayer - Pastor Bob DurbinPrayer offered by Pastor Bob Durbin

 Musician Amelia Johnson with the Australian Army Band Sydney led the singing of Abide with Me.

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Abide with Me
led by Amelia Johnson with the Australian Army Band Sydney
WCDR Mason, Natasha Maclaren-Jones, Harry Allie, Jill Hayes, Jim Munro, Dame Marie Bashir, Russell Curley, Craig Laffin, Andrée Kerremans, Paul Leroy, Pastor Bob Durbin.
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 Historian and FFFAIF member Emeritus Professor John Ramsland OAM in his Commemorative Address entitled, The Road to Passchendaele, gave his insights and reflections on the battles and the troops who had fought in firstly the dust and then with the onset of rains on a shell-pocked battlefield, in the mud. He commented on the purported disbelief of a senior British Officer saying, “Good God, did we really send men to fight in this?”, which combined with the photographic images of Frank Hurley along the Menin Road and at Passchendaele, have come to epitomise these battles.

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   Commemorative Address: The Road to Passchendaele delivered by Emeritus Professor John Ramsland OAM

 You can hear Professor John Ramsland’s Commemorative Address, The Road to Passchendaele on the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AnzacMemorial

Judy Wood, a FFFAIF member shared her Family Reflection with guests. She spoke of her great-uncle Private Harry Lisle, who enlisted when he was 23 and was with the 36th Bn when he was firstly reported as Missing and later as Killed In Action near Boston Farm as part of the Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October 1917. He has no known grave and is memorialised on the Menin Gate.

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 Judy Wood honouring her great-uncle Private Harry Lisle, 36 Bn in her Family Reflection

You can hear Judy Wood’s Family Reflection on the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AnzacMemorial.

Piper Jim Braid of the NSW Scottish Regimental Association piped the Lament while wreaths were laid under the guidance of the NSW RSL Corps of Guards.

ANZ_YPRES_2017_254 Lament - Piper Jim Braid with Bugler Ross Griffiths
Lament played by Piper Jim Braid with Bugler Ross Griffiths

Laying wreaths were:

Mrs Andrée Kerremans, Consul, representing the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium together with Mr Paul Leroy, Honorary Consul; and
The Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, representing the Premier of NSW and Hon. David Elliott MP Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, on behalf of the NSW Government; along with
Councillor Christine Forster, on behalf of the City of Sydney.

ANZ_YPRES_2017_246c The Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, Belgium Consuls Andrée Kerremans & Paul Leroy, Councillor ForsterThe Hon Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, Belgium Consuls Andrée Kerremans & Paul Leroy, Councillor Christine Forster

 Mr Harry Allie BEM, Chair of the NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans Commemoration Committee;
Professor the Hon. Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO; along with
Mrs Diane Vogt, representing the War Widows Guild, NSW.

 ANZ_YPRES_2017_253c Wreath laying - Harry Allie, The Hon Dame Marie Bashir and Diane Vogt War Widows Guild of Australia (NSW)
Harry Allie, The Hon Dame Marie Bashir and Diane Vogt War Widows Guild of Australia (NSW) [Click on images to enlarge]

Mr Jim Munro, President of the Families and Friends of the 1st AIF;
Mr Craig Laffin, Inaugural President FFFAIF; and
Mr Russell Curley, Immediate Past President FFFAIF,
‘in tribute to all those who served’.

 ANZ_YPRES_2017_262c Wreath laying - 3 FFFAIF Presidents Russ Curley, Jim Munro & Craig Laffin

Wreath laying – 3 FFFAIF Presidents Russ Curley, Jim Munro & Craig Laffin

Captain Stephen Bowater OAM RAN, representing Fleet Commander;
Lieutenant Colonel Paul Simadas RFD (Headquarters, Australian Army Cadets), representing Commander, Forces Command; and
Wing Commander David Mason, representing Air Commander Australia.

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Capt. Stephen Bowater, Lt Col Paul Simadas, Wing Cmdr. David Mason
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 Mr Ron Brown, President of the National Serviceman’s Association (NSW);
Lieutenant Colonel Colin Dunston RFD, Past President of Sydney Legacy; and
Mr Alexander Weilsmann, representing the United Nations Association Australia (NSW).

ANZ_YPRES_2017_272c Wreath laying - Ron Brown, National Serviceman's Assn, Lt Col Colin Dunstan, Legacy, Alexander Weilsmann UNAA

Wreath laying – Ron Brown, National Serviceman’s Assn, Lt Col Colin Dunstan, Legacy, Alexander Weilsmann United Nations Association Australia (NSW)

 Mrs Pam Shadie, Mr Ken Shadie OAM and Mr Peter Shadie, FFFAIF, in memory of her father Pte. John George Coles Jameson 56th Bn, wounded in Polygon Wood on 26th September 1917; and
Greg Cowle, President & Karen Dawson, Secretary, Australian World War One Descendants. 

ANZ_YPRES_2017_279c Peter and Ken Shadie OAM for Pte Jameson, Greg Cowle and Karen Dawson, Australian World War One Descendants

Peter and Ken Shadie for Pte Jameson, Greg Cowle & Karen Dawson, Australian World War One Descendants

ANZ_YPRES_2017_419 Pam and Ken Shadie, Peter Shadie and family

Pam and Ken Shadie, Peter Shadie and family

Other descendants at the commemoration honouring their relatives included:

Mr Geoff Horsnell, descendant of Private Bert Dyson (18th Bn) KIA 20 September 1917.

Frances Bluhdorn, grandson of Pte Louis Hollingworth Bluhdorn (2876) of 56th Battalion, sustaining shell wounds to his abdomen and chest during the Battle of Polygon Wood on 26 September 1917.

Mrs Christine Roever & Mrs Maureen Luke, grand-daughters of L/Cpl 2366 Claud Nancarrow (36th Bn) KIA 12 October 1917.

Mrs Nerida Kikken, commemorating close family friend Sapper 3641 Herbert Erkwell Archer Warr (4th Sigs Coy Field Engineers) KIA 28 October 1917.

Mr Warren Cardwell, descendent of Sergeant Alexander Hood (1st Tunnelling Coy) KIA 31 October 1917.

Mr Denis Tamplin, descendant of Lieutenant Roy Keene MC (2nd Field Artillery Brigade) KIA at ANZAC Ridge 16 November 1917.

Mr Neil Falconer, descendant of WOI 7111 Alexander Falconer (5th Field Ambulance Bde) RTA 15 May 1917.

Mr John Nairn, descendant of Private 3806 William John Hayward (12th Field Ambulance) RTA 8 November 1918.

Mr David and Mrs Jill Stevenson, descendants of Gunner Ernest George Stevenson (10th FAB) RTA 26 August1918 and Private Horace Armitage Montefiore (20th Bn).

Mr Norman Leek, son of George Harold Leek (33rd Bn) WIA RTA.

Greg and Debbie Rogers and great niece, honouring Greg’s 2 great-uncles Hector and Roy Goldsborough, and Debbie’s grandfather, William Wemyss Dobson.

 ANZ_YPRES_2017_413 Greg and Debbie Rogers and great neice

Greg and Debbie Rogers and great niece

Greg was wearing his Vietnam service medals (2 tours), the WW2 medals of his father Hector Roy Rogers who was named for his 2 uncles Hector and Roy Goldsborough, Killed in Action in April and May of 1917 respectively at Bullecourt.

Debbie was wearing the medals of her grandfather, ANZAC veteran, 2087 William Wemyss Dobson, 3 Bn, who was wounded at Lone Pine. He died in 1963 and is buried in an unmarked grave at Rookwood Cemetery.

The Ode was recited by Mr Joshua Favaloro, a Member of NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council before the Last Post was played by Bandsman Ross Griffiths of the Fire and Rescue NSW Band followed by Silence and The Rouse.

ANZ_YPRES_2017_292 The Ode - Joshua Favaloro with MC Darren Mitchell

Mr Joshua Favaloro reciting The Ode, with MC Darren Mitchell

ANZ_YPRES_2017_295 The Last Post - Piper Jim Braid, Bugler Ross Griffiths, MC Darren Mitchell and RAN Flag Orderly Ensign M Gunter

The Last Post sounded by Bugler Ross Griffiths, Piper Jim Braid and RAN Flag Orderly Ensign M Gunter

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Pastor Bob Durbin with Tom Barker

 Musician Amelia Johnson with the Australian Army Band Sydney sang Colin Buchanan and Garth Porter’s haunting composition Oh Passchendaele.

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You can hear Musician Amelia Johnson’s rendition of Oh Passchendaele backed by the Australian Army Band Sydney on the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AnzacMemorial.

After a closing prayer and blessing by Pastor Bob Durbin, the Epilogue was delivered by President of FFFAIF, Jim Munro.

ANZ_YPRES_2017_343 Prayer and Blessing - Pastor Bob Durbin

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Jim Munro conveyed that FFFAIF was honoured to be able to organise the Commemoration for the Battles of Third Ypres. It has been an aspiration for some years and is a significant achievement. Mr Munro acknowledged those who helped organise the commemoration.

Then in closing, he remembered 2 soldiers who fought in the Battles of Third Ypres, and are remembered by their families, however their families were not able to travel to the commemoration:

Harold Campbell, relative of FFFAIF Committee member, Maurice Campbell.
Sgt Harold CAMPBELL, 2388, 3rd Battalion AIF, served as sniper at Gallipoli, was gassed & wounded at Pozieres, and Killed in Action, Anzac Ridge, 7th October 1917, buried in Aeroplane Cemetery next to his Captain with the other seven men killed by the same shell, with a headstone marked “Known Unto God”.

William Russell, relative of Adrian Russell and the Russell and Jeffries families.
Arthur and William Russell two brothers took part in the Battle of Fromelles. Arthur was killed in action body not recovered and William wounded. William recovered and returned to the Western Front in November 1916 and continued to serve with the 54th Battalion until September 1917 when he was killed in action during the battle of Polygon Woods.

Mr Munro assured:

“Harold and William, we remember you, and all those who served with you,
Those who fell in battle, and those who returned.
The shattered families, the trauma and debilitating injuries that changed careers and opportunities,
the disabled and institutionalised men who could barely play any part in the country that had asked them to give their all –
we owe it to them and their families to honour their service and sacrifice.
Lest we Forget.”

You can hear Jim Munro’s Epilogue on the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AnzacMemorial.

The National Anthem of the Kingdom of Belgium was sung in Flemish by Musician Amelia Johnson, the New Zealand National Anthem was sung by Musician Jeff Camilleri, Musician Amelia Johnson also led the singing of God Save the Queen, the UK National Anthem and the National Anthem of Australia at the time of The Great War, and Jeff Camilleri led the singing of the Australian National Anthem with the Australian Army Band Sydney.

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The Belgium National Anthem led by Amelia Johnson with the Australian Army Band Sydney

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The Australian Army Band Sydney playing the New Zealand National Anthem led by Jeff Camilleri

The Australian Army Band Sydney playing God Save the Queen led by Amelia Johnson
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Australian Nation Anthem led by Jeff Camilleri with the Australian Army Band Sydney

 You can hear The National Anthems on the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AnzacMemorial.

Special thanks go to the Trustees of the Anzac Memorial, their staff, and contractors for providing the marquees and sound system. 

The presence of the Australian Army Band Sydney under the direction of Officer Commanding and Music Director, Major Matt Chilmaid and in particular Musicians Amelia Johnson and Jeff Camilleri for showing us how commemorations can be enhanced with songs and music.

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With special appreciation to the Australian Army Band Sydney with Major Matt Chilmaid

 Pastor Bob Durbin, Chaplain at RSL LifeCare offered solemn prayer, to help when struggling with our thoughts and words.

 Piper Jim Braid of NSW Scottish Regimental Association for his piping of the Lament.

Bandsman Ross Griffiths Fire and Rescue New South Wales Band for evoking the link to the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ieper where the Buglers of the Fire Brigades salute the service of their military comrades nightly. 

Warrant Officer Class One Rod Cornick OAM, Regimental Sergeant Major, Joint Ceremonial NSW of the Australian Army and the flag orderlies of the Royal Australian Navy, who along with the NSW RSL Corps of Guards led by Adjutant Iain Finlay and Assistant Adjutant Pam Richardson, contributed significantly to the solemnity and formality of the commemoration.

Photographer Rob Tuckwell has created a good photographic record, which contributes significantly to this Report.
Rosie Patrielli, from the Office for Veterans Affairs (NSW) for streaming parts of the service live to the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page so that this commemoration can be viewed by others across Australia and indeed across the world who were not able to attend the commemoration but would like to honour those who served in the Battles of Third Ypres.

Special thanks also to the FFFAIF Extended Working Group Members Darren Mitchell and Geoff Lewis, Anzac Memorial Senior Operations Coordinator Belinda Mitrovich and Property Manager, Michael Trenear, NSW RSL Corps of Guards Adjutant Iain Finlay and Assistant Adjutant Pam Richardson, Regimental Sergeant Major Warrant Officer Class One Rod Cornick OAM, with input and assistance from FFFAIF members Margaret Snodgrass, Jill Hayes and Alexander Weilsmann.

And thanks to those who participated in the Commemoration Service:

  • Mr Harry Allie BEM: Chair of the NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans Commemoration Service Committee;
  • Consul at the Embassy of Belgium, Mrs. Andrée Kerremans and Mr. Paul Leroy, Honorary Consul of Belgium in New South Wales;
  • The Hon. Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, representing The Hon David Elliott MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs;
  • Emeritus Professor John Ramsland OAM;
  • Mr Joshua Favaloro, member of the NSW Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council.
  • And Master of Ceremonies, Darren Mitchell

And thanks to all the dignitaries, civic and military leaders, descendants and representatives of ex-service and descendant organisations as well as descendants and friends who have attended the Commemoration and helped mark this historic and significant commemoration.

And finally, we thank those who served in The Great War, and in particular, those who participated in the Battles of Third Ypres, and their families.

Lest We Forget 

Jim Munro, President of FFFAIF
Chair, FFFAIF Commemoration Working Group

September 2017 

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Sydney Centenary Commemoration of the Third Battle of Ypres

The Families and Friends of the First AIF
invite you to attend or view
the Commemoration of the
Centenary of The Third Battle of Ypres 

including
Menin Road, 2025 September
Polygon Wood, 26 September to 3 October
Broodseinde, 4 October
Poelcapelle, 9 October
Passchendaele (First Battle), 12 October

 The Commemoration will be at
The Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney
10:45am for 11:00am Tuesday 26 September 2017

Video of the Commemoration will be streamed live to
the Anzac Memorial’s Facebook page and will remain available for viewing at
https://www.facebook.com/AnzacMemorial/

 Dress Code: Lounge suit, Day wear, Decorations / Medals may be worn, Poppy umbrellas
Please RSVP to Geoff Lewis rsvp@fffaif.org.au

Jim Munro, President

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2017 John Laffin Memorial Lecture

John Laffin 1922-2000

Members and their guests are invited to attend

 The John Laffin Memorial Lecture

 Saturday 16th September 2017

  10:30 am to 4:30 pm

   Level 2, 99 York Street, Sydney CBD

One block from Town Hall Station – Several nearby car-parks offer an all-day rate of $20.

      Entry: $20 per head cash on the day                

 

Dr William Westerman: AIF battalion commanders at Third Ypres in 1917’.

Dr Ross McMullin: ‘In his own words, Pompey Elliott at War

Greg O’ Reilly: ‘4th Machine Gun Battalion AIF operations and personalities 1917-1918, new research

RSVP to rsvp@fffaif.org.au 

John Laffin Le Hamel 4 July 1998

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