Photo opportunities are all over Australia and New Zealand this morning

as we commemorate,

the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.


While the major centres receive a majority of media publicity

it is the rural areas which were settled by

returned soldiers from two World Wars


It is these same small towns who may have had their

heart and soul ripped out with the death

of well known identities, sportsman and family members.


This post is in memory of of all the service men and women

who have served our country

and whose home was a small rural centre.


For those service men and women…

Lest We Forget.



I would like to visit Courcelette, in France, sometime in the next few years as my Grandfather served on the Western Front and was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal at Courcelette during World War I.


W Carlin_Australian9_2inchHowitzerFiring_YpresThis photograph is now in  the public domain – copyright expired…

however, it can be found on the Australian War Memorial Webe Site…

Click this link

The photo was taken in September 1917

on the Western Front (Belgium),  in the Ypres Area, Voormezeele

My maternal grandfather served with the Light Horse at Gallipoli

and I have read part of his diary many, many years ago.

Unfortunately any such memorabilia was not passed on to me.

I searched the Australian War Memorial website this morning

and have not even found his name, let alone service records.

Links to previous ANZAC  Day posts:


ANZAC Day – 2013

ANZAC Day Dawn Services – 2013

World War I Diary Extract – 2013


15 thoughts on “ANZAC DAY 2015

  1. Lovely post. I find it interesting that you have a cenotaph of a woman. We always think of the fallen soldiers but there were so many more that was affected by this war. We also lost a lot of horses as well – they went over with their owners but only about 20 horses (no doubt I am wrong) but in any case only a few returned. Then there were the nurses who tended the wounded and were no doubt traumatised with what they had to witness. Then there are the women who were left behind to run the farms and businesses. They had to knit socks, balaclavas and jumpers for the soldiers as the resources were focused on weaponry. We have it so easy thanks to these immensely strong people who fought for us.


    • Regarding the cenotaph…I think it may be an angel, although I have not asked anyone. If you Google The Dirty Angel you will find several pages relating to a similar cenotaph in Warrnambool (South Western Victoria), but be warned the reference to ‘dirty’ has nothing to do with Mother Earth. I grew up fifty kilometres inland from Warrnambool so an angel on a cenotaph was not unusual. For all who may read this: if easily offended do not Google, if you like a chuckle go ahead 😀


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