• Curtain comes down on To Flanders Fields exhibition

    Monday 26 November 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 7 comments

    I walked on up the duckboard track to Stirling Castle...(Frank Hurley diary entry) Well folks, that's it for another of the Memorial's special exhibitions, To Flanders Fields, 1917.  Today we started dismantling the show in readiness for the next special exhibition, Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse, due to open in the same space on 7 December. To Flanders Fields has been a very successful and popular exhibition …

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  • The Bartram Boys: lost during 1917

    Friday 16 November 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments

    L-R: Reginald, Arnold and Raymond Bartram. The original caption for this photo says that this was taken sometime during 1917, it's probably in France and that the man on the right is 'probably' Raymond Bartram P05272.002 With the continual heavy battles and the entire AIF involved, 1917 was the worst year of the war for Australian casualties.  It is not surprising therefore to find numerous relatives or even sets of …

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  • The flag on Anzac House by Joe Maxwell

    Friday 16 November 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 18 comments

    Joseph Maxwell (1896 - 1967) P03390.001 I found this article last night in an old Reveille journal from June 1930.  Apart from the photos which I've added, the text remains as published.  The author was Joe Maxwell, the very same who won a DCM as a warrant officer near Westhoek, just a few days after the action described below.  The following year he would win the Military Cross twice, and just before the end of the …

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  • One who fell at Ypres: Private Pegram's story

    Thursday 15 November 2007 by Aaron Pegram. 12 comments

    Private Albert George Pegram, 55th Battalion AIF P04810.001 The Battle of Polygon Wood was one of the most successful engagements Australian troops participated in during the Passchendaele campaign. On 26 September 1917, the 5th Australian Division successfully captured the German-held positions surrounding the Butte de Polygone, an earth mound that before the war had been the butt-stop of a rifle range.  By 1917 with …

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  • The Seabrook brothers: all three killed at Passchendaele

    Tuesday 13 November 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 34 comments

    Seabrook brothers. L-R: Theo, William and George Seabrook, 17th Infantry Battalion H05568 As haunting as any image of the ghosts of Passchendaele is this studio portrait photo of the Seabrook brothers, the sons of William and Fanny Seabrook of Five Dock in Sydney NSW. Theo (age 25) and George (age 24) were both privates, while their younger brother William (age 20), with his previous military experience, soon made it to …

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  • Slouch hat memorial at Bullecourt

    Monday 29 October 2007 by Guy Olding.

    Photo courtesy of the Department of Veterans' Affairs. A bronze slouch hat must be a unique commemorative device. A Bullecourt school teacher, Claude Durand, began to translate Charles Bean’s account of the battles, partly for his own interest, partly for the benefit of his students. He was struck by the scale of the British and Australian casualties and realised that they had no local memorial. He and the mayor Jean …

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  • Pillbox fighting in the Ypres Salient

    Monday 22 October 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 5 comments

    Australian troops resting behind a conspicuous pillbox, south east of Anzac Ridge in the Ypres sector, 26 September 1917 E00898 A key feature of the battlefield between Ypres and Passchendaele in 1917 was the pillbox.  Along with the dreadful conditions and intense artillery bombardments, pillboxes forced a particularly grim situation upon the combatants that led to very bitter and costly fighting. The Germans had begun …

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  • Photos from the exhibition

    Monday 15 October 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 2 comments

    I should have done this ages ago, but as the saying goes, 'better late than never...' These are just a few snaps I took of the exhibition today. The entrance to the exhibition featuring Frank Hurley's well-known photograph A replica cast of the 'Big Digger' stands guard near the exhibition's entrance. The real statue stands atop the Bullecourt Memorial Portraits and uniform jackets of …

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  • Passchendaele: an almost universal experience

    Saturday 6 October 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 1 comments

    Australian troops with German prisoners E00754 Along with the intensity of the fighting, the horrendous conditions and the heavy losses of Passchendaele, there is another reason why this campaign universally symbolises such great loss, tragedy and futility above others of the First World War.  This is simply because such a high percentage of men experienced it.  During the three and a half months it lasted, just over …

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  • Five diggers laid to rest today

    Thursday 4 October 2007 by Craig Tibbitts. 3 comments

    The remains of five AIF soldiers will be laid to rest today with full military honours in the Buttes New British Cemetery at Polygon Wood, Belgium.  The remains were discovered by chance in September 2006 during roadwork and pipe-laying excavations near the small village of Westhoek.  This is situated in the middle of the dreaded Ypres-Passchendaele Salient where up to half a million casualties on both sides fell, of which tens of …

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