Nearly 5 years ago this article
appeared in the Geelong Advertiser.
Maternal Grandmother who was also a Breguet.
Justin’s remains are now buried in the
Fromelles Military Cemetery
along with my other soldiers who
were also buried in the
Fromelles Mass Graves
at Pheasant Wood.
These numbers tells us the memorial
was dedicated to L’ABBE Halluin and
that the monument was erection was funded
by public donations and probably
unveiled on July 19, 1896.
One of Geelong’s inner streets.
A European bus line which is allowed to travel
at 100 kmh, the company telephone number
and the bus’ registration number..
A teenager’s birthday.
We often complain or are
frightened by a nightmare.
But many of our defence personnel
along with many civilians
have lived the nightmare
from which there was
Night shots from a variety of places.
Big Ben and Parliament House
from the London Eye
Arras Bell Tower and Place des Heros
Our night cruise on the River Seine
gave us a multitude of river-side parties…
annd a different perspective
of the Eiffel Tower.
The drive back to our hotel took us past
the Arc de Triomphe…
…and also city lights.
After arriving in Dubai at 0400,
we had a quiet day…
…prior to boarding a Dhow for a…
…Dubai Creek Dinner Cruise.
Just a few colourful images…
…from our Diner Cruise on…
Night two saw us on a desert safari and dinner,
with entertainment provided by a fire dancer…
…and a belly dancer.
A great time was had and if you don’t mind
sand from horizon to horizon you
will love the experience.
I’m not a fan of sand.
…Western Front Battlefields in
France and Belgium.
My Paternal Grandfather served on
the Western Front during that conflict.
Lochnagar is a privately owned ‘attraction’
created after allied forces tunnelled
under Germany’s Army and detonated
25 tonnes of explosives.
The crater is approximately 300 feet
in diameter by 90 feet deep
and is the only surviving crater
of many other such craters,
which are now filled in.
Along the boardwalk around the crater
are these small plaques commemorating
a family member who had served on
the Western Front during
The Great War.
In 2017 each plaque cost
GBP25 or approximately $AUD45.
After several emails, the transfer of funds
and a few months waiting for
the ‘next batch‘ to be placed,
I now have a small memorial
to my Grandfather on the battlefields
upon which he served.
Lest We Forget.
At Battle of Bullecourt during World War I…
…the German Army was dug in on the higher ground.
To win the battle the British army had a long advance
up the rise to overtake the german Army.
It was a costly exercise largely due
to the ineptitude of British commanders
and the experience of the German commanders.
Stalls being setup to display…
…the Saturday Market.
After ‘hosting’ major infantry fighting
in two World Wars…
France’s Western Front Battlefields.
Many towns have small ammunition dumps
similar to this one.
These dumps contain unexploded ammunition
and shrapnel which farmers recover
while working their fields.
Dumps are emptied every three to four weeks
according to our guide.