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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ANZAC DAY 2015

ANZAC DAY 2015

Photo opportunities are all over Australia and New Zealand this morning

as we commemorate,

the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

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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

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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.

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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.

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For those service men and women…

Lest We Forget.

Carlin

 

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 2014

ANZAC Day – 2013

ANZAC Day Dawn Services – 2013

World War I Diary Extract – 2013

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ANZAC DAY 2014

ANZAC DAY 2014

Several months ago I had cause to drive back to the Western District of Victoria to Branxholme, a small town not far from where I grew up.  Unless there was some more of the township situated off the main road, Branxholme consists of a typical country store which handles everything from mail to coffee.

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While waiting for the other half of the meeting to arrive I noticed this memorial across the road.

branxholme_0463In all the small towns I have visited I have never seen a memorial like this one.

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Most houses and outbuilding of that era were made of blue-stone pitchers such as these…

branxholme_0465a memorial to all those early settlers who pioneered the way for us today.

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Branxholme, in all likelihood was settled by pioneers who struggled to create roads, communities and a lifestyle no-one would ever dream of these days.

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The Branxholme timeline traces the history of the township, noting its population decline and the establishment of its school, Number 63, when the town’s population was listed as 221 and ‘probably included Condah’ another nearby town.  My home town’s school was numbered 766 which was always thought of as an early school.  Branxholme was established years before my home town if the two numbers are anything to go by.

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Facing the memorial to the early settlers is another memorial those locals who have served in major conflicts around the globe.

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 I could only think of the sacrifices made by Branxholme volunteers in all conflicts and how it has impacted this small district.

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This morning, at Branxholme’s War Memorial, I am sure the gathering would have been as solemn as it was in other centres around Australia and New Zealand.  As well as Turkey (Gallipoli) and townships throughout France reports indicate that many other towns and countries observe ANZAC Day.

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.

Links to 2013 ANZAC  Day posts:

ANZAC Day – 2013

ANZAC Day Dawn Services – 2013

World War I Diary Extract – 2013

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ANZAC DAY Dawn Services

imageWith a sky streaked with rose pink clouds I pulled my winter coat out of my car at 0600 prior to the Dawn Service to be held in the nearby and rapidly expanding town of Bannockburn.

The early morning start on April 25, 2013 (ANZAC DAY) had proven to be on the chilly side but far more comfortable to bear than the scorching summer we had just experienced.

imageA crowd of approximately three hundred gathered around the town’s memorial to all those who have served or fallen in the many theatres of war in which Australian men and women have served.

Ex serviceman who served in World War 2 veterans and veterans of more recent conflicts in which Australian soldiers participated were represented proudly wearing their decorations and service medals.

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T-3As soon as the Bannockburn Dawn Service was completed we moved onto to the smaller community of Teesdale, about ten kilometres away, for a 0700 ANZAC Day service among a small planting of Cyprus pines which would nearly be as old as the event we were commemorating.

Once again all age groups were represented at this smaller, but no less respectful, gathering

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Our final ANZAC DAY service was held at a smaller township of Shelford.

All age groups were represented with some of the teenagers electing to wrap themselves in beach towels. A somewhat unconventional, but no doubt effective manner of keeping warm.

Shel 2Even though Shelford is situated in a valley affording some spectacular views the sun, by now, had risen above the horizon and was playing its rays upon the the surrounding native foliages with dramatic results.

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