Wordless Wednesday17_2504_ANZAC_Day

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Tuesday April 25 is ANZAC Day in

Australia and New Zealand.

ANZAC Day commemorates the

Australian and New Zealand Army Corps

efforts at Gallipoli in World War I.

Throughout Australia, New Zealand and other

countries where ANZACs served during two World Wars

Dawn Services are conducted

to commemorate…

those who served, lost their lives

and were injured during these conflicts.

This service had several hundred residents

braving wet weather to attend the 0600 service.

My home town had about 80 residents attend its service.

The area has a population of around 400.

Our eldest son, at the behest of his

New Zealand girlfriend drove across to

Melbourne’s Dawn Service.

Marvelous what love will do!!

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Hope you enjoyed.

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Admiration

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

Admiration

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In February

The Spirit of ANZAC

exhibition was in Melbourne.

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As I have regularly mentioned my Grandfather was

a Gunner on The Western Front after being deployed to Europe.

Was this the type of gun he was using?

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Whichever side of the ‘fence’ soldiers were on…

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they are people I admire.

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For their courage….

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in such appalling conditions.

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For their ability to help a mate…

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and for their ability to continue marching on.

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However, these statistics we must never forget…
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because these number only represent

about half the casualties of World War 1.

LEST WE FORGET

I was granted permission to photograph the exhibition

by a representative of the organiser.

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ANZAC DAY 2016

ANZAC DAY, 2016

Lest We Forget

A few weeks ago I happened to pass through

Corindhap township.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

The Avenue of Honour caught my eye

and I have included it as my

2016 ANZAC Day tribute.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Opened in 1917, the young cypress trees planted to

mark, line and  commemorate World War 1,

have now been removed.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

However, not they are not totally gone.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Several have been turned into sculptures,

recognising various aspects of war.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Light Horse.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Infantry.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Infantry.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Infantry.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Airforce

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Airforce

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Airforce

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

And those left behind…

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

to tend home and family and receive the bad news.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap now has a population of

around 100 people (Wikipedia)

a far cry from its peak of 5,000 in the

mid 1800s when gold was discovered nearby.

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

Corindhap Avenue of Honour

LEST WE FORGET

ANZAC DAY 2016

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-16Wk-7

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Odd Ball

Week 7, 2016

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Wouldn’t this be great…
ANZAC_8495Ba free tour of Europe and Great Britain?

ANZAC_8495AUntil you see the Big Picture!.

Last week I visited the

Spirit of ANZAC

Centenary Experience

at Melbourne’s Exhibition Centre.

Locally known as Jeff’s Shed after the Premier who

organised its construction in the early 1990s.

This was a great exhibition focusing on World War 1,

and to a lessor degree subsequent wars Australia,

or the ANZACs have been involved in.

After receiving an iPod and headphones each time

a new section was entered appropriate commentary

would commence.

The exhibition is travelling around Australia

culminating in Sydney in June next 2017.

Click this  link to see if it is coming to a city near you

Allow a couple of hours to view it (slowly).

Sponsored by

The Victorian Government and Telstra (our major Telco)

this exhibition is free,

although you  are asked to book tickets.

Visitors are allowed to take cameras into the exhibit,

although flash photography is banned.

I was also given permission to by Telstra

use my photos in Social Media.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-7

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ANZAC DAY

Each year, as April 25 nears, Australian, and I suspect NewZealand, media of all varieties tend to fill their pages and radio waves reminding us about ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day.

On this day in many countries, all Australians remember those who fought and fell to preserve the freedom of our country in all wars, but particularly World Wars I and 2.  We often hear of many heroic stories of valour, of lives saved and lost, but we seldom hear of regular soldiers who have served and returned home to their ‘normal’ lives.

My grandfathers were two such men who fought in World War 1. Both my grandfathers returned from The Great War, however, my maternal grandfather (Nathan) was minus a leg and my paternal grandfather (Bill) had seen repatriation in London after he became a victim of chemical warfare – mustard gas.
When ANZAC forces landed at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, Grandfather Nat was there.  Unfortunately he was not a great writer and I do not have any of his diaries.   When World War was declared for the second time on September 3rd, 1939, he sat on the local Post Office steps and cried.  Less than a year later, at only forty-six years of age, he passed away in August 1940.  Well before I was even I was even a twinkle in my father’s eye.
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Grandfather Bill, Dad’s father, at sixty-four years of age, died about a week after this photo was taken in 1952.  It would appear that Bill was happier about being the subject of the photograph than his eldest grandson.
For several years of service on the Western Front, as a gunner, Bill was awarded a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for an act of bravery under enemy fire, at Courcelette, in France.
On August 5th, 1914, Bill became part of history while serving on with gun crew which fired the first Australian (and many sources believe the first allied) shot, from Fort Nepean at the mouth of Port Philip Bay.  Within minutes of receiving news that War had been declared shots were fired across the bow of the German ship the “Phalz” as it attempted to escape from Port Phillip Bay.  After being fired upon the captain turned the vessel turned around and sailed back to the Portsea where the crew was arrested.

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Both my grandfathers died at what we now would call a young age.  Was this partly due to their involvement in World War 1?  How many other families have seen family members pass on at an early age leaving a partner to fend for themselves for many more years.  Yes, I did get to know both my grandmothers!
My son is going to the Dawn Service this year.  I would love to join him but it may have to wait a year.
I would love to have known my grandfathers, but I have only the memories which have been handed down to me.  They may be gone but they are not forgotten.
ANZAC DAY, 2013
Lest We Forget
More information at:
World Wars
Although I have an enlarged copy of this photograph, I did source this one from the Wikipedia website.