My Grandfather & World War- ANZAC Day 2015



100 years ago on 25th April,  a dramatic World War One battle impacted Australia and New Zealand when soldiers from both countries supported the British attempt to take control of the northern bank of the Dardanelles as part of the campaign to capture Constantinople (now) Istanbul in Turkey. 100,000 men perished in eight months over this failed attempt.


The date of the landing, is known as “Anzac Day” (Australian and New Zealand Army Corp) and is commemorated by hundreds of thousands across both countries and Turkey, every April 25th. Yesterday, I attended a dawn commemoration with 120 000 people to pay tribute to my Grandfather (pictured in uniform below left).

image0He missed Gallipoli because he was not immediately accepted into the military. When he was shipped to Europe from Australia, he ended up in France at  a major battle at Bullecourt, France, on 3 and 4 May, 1917.

He was in the eighth wave of men to go across the line through hundreds of yards of barbed wire to the German side. “We were totally wiped out” All six of his mates in that wave were killed. Four were machine gunned. His other mate was blown to pieces by a German shell. The shell injured grandfather and he “lay there all day and all night”.  He sang a hymn over and over again to take his mind off the pain and remind himself that God was with him.

He went back to England to recuperate. He returned to the field and was (I understand) involved in the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux between 24–27 April 1918 where he was injured again. Back to England and back to hospital.
He lived until 1992 when he passed days before his 98th birthday.Dad3 (2)
He said “war is a dreadful way of solving international disagreements“. RIP.
Whatever you feel about war, if you are ever in Australia or New Zealand in April, join a dawn memorial. It is very moving and challenging.


  1. A lovely tribute to your grandfather. Thank you for recognising Anzac Day in your blog. Lest We Forget.

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