A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Grandparents

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We are not grandparents

so cannot claim the title.

However I often talk about

my Grandfather in World War I.

He passed away in 1952

about a week after the only photo

of a grumpy 18 month old Woolly

was taken with his Grandfather.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Grandparents

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FOWChallenge-Tribute

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During my 2017 visit to

The Western Front Battlefields

in France and Belgium…

I came across the

Lochnagar Crater Memorial.

 

THe crater was created by detonating 27,000 tons

of explosives under the

German Front Line

Surrounding the crater are tributes and memorials

to many men and women who served…

on the Western Front during

the Great War.


The boardwalk around the crater is created by 4 inch planks. 

At either end of these planks a small tribute

can be placed to commemorate one’s relatives.

   

I placed/paid for this tribute to my Grandfather

who served all along the Western Front

after being part of the gun crew

which fired the First Allied Shot of World War I

from Point Nepean at the mouth of

Port Phillip Bay,

Victoria. 

The time was 1245, August 5th, 1914…   

a mere 2-3 hours after War had been declared in London

at 11 PM the previous night…August 4.

Lest We Forget.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Tribute

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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Wordless Wednesday-Maggie

Stop! Thief!

No matter how many times we say don’t,
Maggie will always ‘clean’ your backyard of bones!

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She is an honest thief. She always brings her ill-gotten gains to our back door and eats with her family!

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Wordless Wednesday – Class Clown (create-with-joy.com)

World War 1 – Diary extract

Below is an extract from Captain Dobson’s diary relating to Acting Bombardier Carlin’s actions whilst under fire around or on June 3rd, 1917.

Acting Bombardier Carlin’s records state that he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal on June, 3, 1917.

There is no recorded date on the diary extract below.

I can only surmise what “O.P.” and “S. 9” mean. My guess, based on context of the entry, is Out Post and a type of Artillery shell. A further entry relates to a ‘S. 9. landing in the courtyard’

Appreciate thoughts, comments or corrections on my interpretations.

One day of routine manning I left Carlin and another at the tap in with instructions that if the line went we’d mend it at our end as it always got out about 150 yards from the O.P. the Hun strafing that point every day for no reason whatever and doing no damage except to a few telephone lines.   Sure enough the Hun had his strafe and the line went.  Harper was with me and another man, probably Davis.  Of course they wanted to go out and mend it, but as the line was of no great importance at the moment told them to wait till the strafe stopped – we could see and hear shells bursting.  Next thing Harper got a buzz on the phone showing it was through and a little later old Carlin’s head appeared at the parade, beaded with sweat and much wind up.  I strafed him for coming out when he was told to stay in.  His reply was, “I saw the O.P. was getting it and thought someone might be hit.”  That did not prevent him stopping to mend the line amongst the S. 9.

I have always said that “Windy Bill Carlin” is the bravest man I have met and one of the windiest. The man who is not windy cannot be brave, but the man who does his job at all times and under all conditions and with the wind up all the time, is the man I admire.

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ANZAC DAY, 2013
Lest We Forget

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.