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The Pte. Henry (Harry) Alfred Cressy Memorial Service

Hi to everyone,A Memorial Service to honour the supreme sacrifice of Harry Cressy, 54th Battalion, and 23 1st A.I.F. soldiers who are memorialised or should be memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery, will take place on the 19th July 2016.I am looking for a guest speaker to give a short history of the Battle of Fromelles. Two other guest speakers will talk about Harry's life and service and also read extracts from his diary.Please email me at garwood@live.com.au if you would like to participate at…See More
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THE LOST DIGGERS OF FROMELLES RESOURCES

This is where the students of St Mary's Cathedral College meet to explore the lives of those men who have become known as "The Lost Diggers of Fromelles'.

Apple have just released a collection of resources to commemorate the centenary of WW1. Click on the image below to go to the resources in the iTunes Store.

The ABC have also released a collection of resources to support the centenary commemorations. iView on ABC also has a great collection of stories celebrating the centenary of Anzac. They have also just released a new site for students to explore the battles of the Western Front.

With the centenary being celebrated recently a number of stories have appeared across all forms of media.

ABC News, Federal Government, NSW Vets, Fromelles Blog, Orange NSW, Inverell Times, Hawkesbury Gazette, Western Advocate, Herald, 4BU, Bundaberg.

There have been many other sites and resources created since we began the project. Here are a sample:

The Australian War Memorial

The Lost Diggers of Fromelles Facebook

Australian Army

Friends of the AIF

The Sydney Morning Herald

Beginning in 2010, students from our Year 9 History classes created video profiles of a number of the soldiers who had been listed as missing following the Battle of Fromelles in 1916. In pairs they worked to bring a number of the soldiers' stories back to life and pay tribute to these courageous men who had been buried at Pheasant Wood for almost a century.

A small group of students created profiles for the Commemoration Ceremony in France in July. This was a great honour and the video profiles were very well received.

TASK STRUCTURE FOR YEAR 10 HISTORY STUDENTS

We will be producing more video profiles of the soldiers killed at Fromelles in 1916. Again the Year 10 History classes will undertake this challenge. Our aim is to have created a profile for each of the soldiers as a tribute to their courage and selflessness.

The AIF database is a good place to start looking.

We have been fortunate to be supported by Lambis Englezos throughout the journey. This has meant a great deal to the staff and students involved in the project. Some of what Lambis has done can be seen in this SBS documentary.

 

Herbert Thomas Bolt from St Mary's Cathedral College on Vimeo.

The soldiers we created video profiles for previously are obviously not to be done again. They are HERBERT BOLT, HENRY CRESSY, VICTOR SAMPSON, ALLAN BENNETT, COLIN ARNOTT and RAYMOND PFLAUM.

As are the soldiers who were selected by students in 2010. Those soldiers are BERROL MENDELSOHN, JOHN JACK BOWDEN, CLARENCE TIMBRELL COLLIER, WILLIAM WASS, HENRY BELL, WILLIAM JOSEPH CUCKSON, ROBERT COURTNEY GREEN, IGNATIUS BERTRAM NORRIS, HARRY LOWRY MOFFITT, EDWARD HENRY DIBBEN, CLIFFORD DAWSON HOLLIDAY, JUSTIN BREGUET, HENRY NELSON, VINTON BAKER, REGINALD WILDMAN

*Article about Jack Bowden

*Article about Ignatius Norris

These soldiers were completed by students in 2011. GEORGE PAGAN,

DAVID GEORGE IRVIN , ERIC HARDING CHINNER, HERBERT GEORGE POLLARD, LESLIE WILLIAM HART, EDWARD NASON BURNEYTHOMAS JOSEPH COSGRIFFHENRY VICTOR WILLISWILLIAM POLDING RYAN

*Recent story about the search for David Irvin (April 2016)

These soldiers were completed in 2012. ALBERT WILLIAMSON, JOHN GOULDINGFRANK HEWARDLESLIE LEISTER, HASSALL KENDALL, HOWARD JAMES RANDALL, JOHN TURNER, CHARLES HAWCROFT, LAWRENCE HARRIOTT, HAROLD JOHN BOURKE, ERIC FLOYD HANCOCK

These soldiers were completed in 2013. GEORGE CROFT, NORMAN ARTHUR HALE, WILLIAM CULLEN, GEORGE LUCRE, ERIC WILSON,

      Due to changes to the syllabus no profiles were constructed in 2014.

These soldiers were completed in 2015. SAMUEL CHARLES WILSON, EDGAR WILLIAM PARHAM, ARTHUR WEIR, JOHN CYRIL WYNN, WILLIAM ALEXANDER JAMIESON, WILLIAM BRUCE HIGGINSERNEST FRANK WILKIN

In 2016 only one profile was considered worthy of inclusion on this site.

LEONARD WILLIAM BROADHURST

CATEGORY 1 SOLDIER: A basic reference sheet will be provided by your teacher.


Highest Grade Achievable: A

FRED ARTHUR DYSON
ARNOLD HOLMES
CECIL MORGAN
HAROLD ESAM
GEORGE CRAIG

HENRY VICTOR WILLIS
FREDERICK RAWLINGS
WILLIAM MOORE
MALCOLM SPENCE
CYRIL JOHNSTON

ROBERT DAVID BURNS
JOHN MORLEY

CATEGORY 2 SOLDIER: You will be provided with primary and secondary source material. 


Highest Grade Achievable: B

JOHN (JACK) P. PHILLIPS *(Anne Stewart who is a member of the Ning is a relative)

THORNTON GAINSBOROUGH CLARKE (Mr Burden has a contact for Thornton)
ALBERT MITCHELL (Mr Burden has a contact for Albert)
ARTHUR DONALD LEIGH
JOHN STANLEY LEES (Mr Burden has contact details for a relative)

ALFRED MOMPHLAIT(resources from relatives of Alfred)

GEORGE ROBERT DUNCAN (Mr Burden has contact details for George)
VICTOR SIMON

ERNEST AUGUSTUS JENTSCH  *(Annette Tebb is a relative and is a member of the Ning)

FRANCIS JAMES WILLIAMS *(Francis Margaret Gregory is a relative and a member of the Ning)

ALAN MITCHELL

ALEXANDER THOMAS O'DONNELL (Mr Burden has a contact for Alexander)
FRANCIS DRUM 

JOSEPH EDWARD LEE 

FREDERICK GEORGE USHER (Mr Burden has a contact for Frederick)
WILLIAM CHARLES TUCKER (Mr Burden has a contact for William)
JAMES PLOZZA (Mr Burden has a contact for James)

MATTHEW HEPPLE *(Jon Andrews is a relative of Matthew and is a member of the Ning)

PERCY GEASON

HERBERT JAMES HASLAM

ALBERT CLIVE BROMLEY

THOMAS FRANCIS SHERIDAN (Mr Burden has a contact for Thomas)

WILLIAM ANDREW CRAIGIE

CHARLES WILLIAM MURRAY

FREDERICK FLETCHER *(Bill Wright from the Oatley Sub Branch can assist with the profile on Frederick. Mr Burden has his contact details)

HENRY MAYER  *(Bill Wright from the Oatley Sub Branch can assist with the profile on Henry. Mr Burden has his email)

MAURICE LESLIE REID

ARTHUR RUSSELL

GEORGE HUNGERFORD

DAVID FREDERICK LIVINGSTONE

DANIEL BERNARD RYAN

LESLIE GORDON WALSH

PERCY WEAKLEY

BENEDICT DUNSTAN

 

CREDITS

We would like to thank Chloe Wootten from the Dept. of Defence, Damian Madden from the Virtual Fromelles Museum and Chris Munro from the Friends of the AIF for all their help in providing resources and links to assist in constructing the stories. A very special thanks to Chris Reason from Channel 7 for the inspiration and setting up of the project through his involvement in reporting on Fromelles and his links with the Dept of Defence.

 

Thanks also to all the boys for giving up so much of their own time and to Mr Steve Garry our History teacher for all his wisdom and insight into the various battles of WW1. His advice, guidance, enthusiasm and ongoing commitment to the project ensures the program will be ongoing.

 

Steve and the students involved have been asked to present this project at a number of venues. It is wonderful recognition of their skill, knowledge and commitment to keeping the memory of these men alive. 

 

In 2010 they presented at the Teaching and Learning Conference at Macquarie University while in March of this year our project was the feature presentation at the Archdiocesan eLearning Conference at Marcellin College, Randwick.

 

Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference Presentation from St Mary's Cathedral College on Vimeo.

 

 

The following link will take you to images of the ceremony released by the Department of Defence.


There has also been a release of photos through the Commonwelath War Graves Commission.

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Albert Williamson - Regimental number 4249 - 54th Battalion 17 Replies

Born in the NSW town of Canowindra , Albert Williamson was the tenth child of Joseph and Cecilia Williamson. A 22 year-old labourer he was living at Rose Villa with his mother, his father having…Continue

Started by Sue-Ellen Nash. Last reply by JANE HALLOWS (NEE WILLIAMSON) May 3, 2015.

Berrol Mendelsohn 1 Reply

This was a diary entry from Francis Armstrong: A friend of mine, Private A.E Rodda, received a communication from you , asking for particulars of the death of Lieut. B. Mendelsohn of this battalion…Continue

Started by Michael Burden. Last reply by Michael Burden Aug 17, 2010.

Profile on Allan Bennett 1 Reply

I have just accessed the profile on Allan Bennett via the link on this site. It has an unfortunate omission in that it doesn't mention Allan's other brother who was serving in the AIF. Happens to be…Continue

Started by Peter Thomson. Last reply by Michael Burden Jun 28, 2010.

Allan Bennett 4 Replies

Here is an article about Allan Bennett from a WA newspaper

Tags: Bennett, Fromelles

Started by Michael Burden. Last reply by Michael Burden Jun 28, 2010.

Blog Posts

The Pte. Henry (Harry) Alfred Cressy Memorial Service

Hi to everyone,

A Memorial Service to honour the supreme sacrifice of Harry Cressy, 54th Battalion, and 23 1st A.I.F. soldiers who are memorialised or should be memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery, will take place on the 19th July 2016.

I am looking for a guest speaker to give a short history of the Battle of Fromelles. Two other guest speakers will talk about Harry's life and service and also read extracts from his diary.

Please email me at garwood@live.com.au if you…

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Posted by Gary Mitchell on June 23, 2016 at 6:21

William Wass MM and Richard Alfred Yardy

Hi everyone,

I am wanting to say that I am so pleased to have found this site. The battle of Fromelles was particularly poignant for my family on both sides. We lost two boys, William WASS "54th Battalion" and Richard Yardy "53rd Battalion" during this operation.

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From what I understand William Wass was an Englishman, a veteran of both the Boer War and Boxer Rebellion. William was a relative of my Great Grandfather and came to Australia following the Boer War with the…

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Posted by Peter Kennedy on December 13, 2015 at 19:45

so proud

I'm so proud to be a member and I hope my students who are involved in the project with St Mary's College in Sydney will benefit from this wonderful opportunity

Posted by chantal maille on August 6, 2014 at 0:11

767 Private John Turner

Private John Turner is my great uncle i never really knew about him until they identify him. My grandmother never spoke about her brother to me or my father. She said it was to hard to talk about him and his brother who died in WW1. Sadly she passed away without knowing what ever happened to her brother he was the only ever found. I have photos of him and he lives on through my daughter she has his eyes and has the same look on her face as well.

Posted by Joanne Rawson on December 1, 2013 at 16:50 — 2 Comments

 
 
 

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