• Fromelles: identifying the fallen

    Friday 19 March 2010 by Aaron Pegram. 6 comments

      Private Thomas Cosgriff, 59th Battalion, of Albert Park, Victoria, was one of 1,701 Australians killed at Fromelles on 19/20th July 1916. His remains and those of 74 others were positively identified through DNA testing. DA10774 Earlier this week the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Allan Griffin announced the results of the first Joint Identification Board held to identify the remains of 250 Australian and British soldiers …

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  • Sunday 21st March 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Friday 19 March 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. An ambulance taking sick soldiers into Mena House Hotel, which was occupied by No 2 Australian General Hospital (2AGH). J02139  ‘Spent the day in camp being detailed for duty on the emergency stretcher squad. Two patients, one at 10.30am, the other at 7pm were taken to Mena House.’ …

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  • Friday 19th March 1915-Diary of HV Reynolds

    Friday 19 March 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. The Bouvet at the Dardanelles P00369.014  ‘B and C Section bearers spent the morning doing field work in some trenches out on the desert. A route march followed to Mena Flat where we found the remainder of the unit had the full ambulance equipment erected, here we had dinner, after …

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  • Thursday 18th March 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Thursday 18 March 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.  A group of tent mates from D Troop, A Squadron, 5th Light Horse Regiment, cleaning up in readiness for a parade. C00383  ‘Up to the present we have been in square ridge pole tents in this camp, but today we had to pack them up and return* them to ordinance, bell tents being supplied in …

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  • Wednesday 17th March 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Wednesday 17 March 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Infantry mess huts Mena. PS0598 ‘The routine* here is very similar from day to day, first parade of a morning is before breakfast when we fall in on the parade ground, then have a short march up the sand hill towards the pyramids, at the top of which we have quarter hours physical drill…

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  • Tuesday 16th March 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Tuesday 16 March 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. 'Mouth of the Wady el Arish' By George Lambert ART02741 ‘Spent the morning on a route march over the desert in the direction of Sakara. A couple of fairly heavy showers fell early this morning and the day has been glorious, having no dust and sand blowing about has been quite a change. …

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  • Sunday 14th March 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Sunday 14 March 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. A sight seeing trip by camel to the Sphinx and Pyramids. A04539 'The Sebastopol* lads in camp here held a reunion in A Coy. 8th Batt lines at 2pm, and we all decided to have a group photo taken in front of the Sphinx, it was very unfortunate that so many were unable to turn up. Those …

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  • Saturday 13th March 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Saturday 13 March 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.   Other Ranks pattern khaki woollen peaked cap : Private G L Bowen, 5 Field Ambulance, AIF RELAWM12250.001 'The new field service caps were issued, they are after the style of the Tommies' *Tommies is a nick name for the English soldiers.

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  • Friday 12th March 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Friday 12 March 2010 by Janice Farrer. 1 comments

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.  Erecting marquees for the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital. J03004   'Spent the day on Mena flat erecting tents*.’ *While in battle few of the men sleep in tents. The tents they were building are more likely to have been used for aid stations. For the Classroom: Why don’t the men …

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  • Thursday 11th March 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Thursday 11 March 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.  A dust storm at the Stationary Field Ambulance Hospital lines at Mena. H00721  ‘The dust has been blowing again and in fact was even worse than last Monday. Granted leave but did not go out of camp till after dinner when I took a run into Gizeh and visited the Zoological gardens. The …

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