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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

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Here are some resources about Theo the brother of Raymond. There is also a link to the ABC who have a recording of some of…Continue

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Here is a resource for Samuel.

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What do You Know About the Diggers of Fromelles?

As a form of pre-test I want you to list everything you know about the diggers who fought at Fromelles and came to be buried in the mass grave at Pheasant Wood.

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At 14:14 on July 29, 2015, Anne Stewart said…

Hi again Michael - just sent you a reminder email. Rgds Anne

At 16:33 on May 8, 2015, Katrina Forrest Giebels said…

My pleasure Michael. I have more information and a few more photos if any of the students are interested. I am more than happy to share what I have.



At 18:59 on April 28, 2015, Anne Stewart said…

MANY thanks Michael - looking forward to working with the students! Warm Regards Anne

At 17:58 on July 12, 2011, Tim Lycett said…

No problems Mick.   Let me know when you're ready and we can discuss which of the soldiers might we worthwhile having a look at.




At 12:37 on July 10, 2011, Tim Lycett said…

Happy to help where I can.   Best if the students email me directly via my research address


We've got a fair bit of information on quite a number of the men but I can't promise we'll necessarily have information on all the ones the boys choose. (The same goes with photos).


If I could make a suggestion, it might be worthwhile for one of the students to delve into the life of 1130 James GORDON, 29th Battalion.   He hasn't been identified (yet!!) and we have no photo of him but they might find his story rather interesting and a little bit surprising.



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Fromelles Descendant Database Project 

At 16:39 on April 14, 2011, Annette Tebb said…

Hi Michael,

I am the 1st cousin(3 times removed) of Ernest Augustus Jentsch.Geoff Cuckson did put me onto your wonderful site & told me he suggested "Our Ernest" to you. I took a look at the presentation the boys did for William Cuckson & I thought it was very professional & very well done. We had the honour to meet the Cuckson family enroute to Fromelles last year when we ended up on the same carriage on the train from Paris. to Lille. As we chatted about our Soldiers we were amazed to discover they were actually buried side by side, with "Our Ernest" between William Cuckson & the Unknown Soldier buried during the dedication Ceremony last year. What a co-incidence!! It was just amazing to be there & I still can't quite believe it all happened & we have "Our Ernest" back. Would be more than happy to offer any information the Boys might like, such as it is, on Ernest. My 11 year old son is very interested in everything to do with Fromelles & WW1 for that matter & we are visiting the War Memorial in Canberra tomorrow & Saturday as his School holiday treat. I think Harry has asked me every possible question on Fromelles & our trip so am sure I would be able to help your boys out. Will take a look at some of the other presentations when I get a chance..great project!!  Kind regards, Annette Tebb


At 23:17 on August 19, 2010, Frances Margaret Gregory said…
Dear Michael,
My grandmother Louisa Jane Wiliams younger brother, Pte Francis James Williams. I have a bit off info on him and have sent a photo to Chloe Woollen for the files.
He was never married and all the family of his and other generations are dead and gone. Hope that is of some help
Margaret Gregory
At 10:08 on July 5, 2010, Peter Kelaher said…
Thanks, Mick,

And congratulations to yourself and all involved in this project. I look forward to further developments, especially the showcasing of the learning that will happen as a part of the actual dedication on July 19. We'll work to build this into a Model of Contemporary Learning.

Kind regards,
At 20:27 on June 27, 2010, Tim Collett said…
Many thanks for the note Michael, I'm not sure if you know, but I'm from the organisers of the event on the 19th so I think we need to stay in touch over the coming few days. Contact is going through Chloe at the moment but if you need anything please let me know.

Kind regards,


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