Happy to help where I can. Best if the students email me directly via my research address firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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
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.
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.