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My Tribute To The Anzacs 25th April 2021

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Today here in Australia and New Zealand we Celebrate the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may have the country we live in today. I have been touched personally by this as I had a Great Great Uncle serve in World War 1 and another who served in World War 2. The first was wounded at El Alamein and the second was stationed in New Guinea with the Signal Corps.

Able Seaman J. Kearney is claimed by his shipmates to be the champion beard of the whole Navy.
Photographer: Edwards, Reg J
Date: 16 June 1944
Place: At sea, New Guinea
This photograph is from the Australian War Memorial's collection

Able Seaman Chadwick trimming the beard of Engine Room Artificer Jones, aboard HMAS Hobart.
Photographer: Unknown - Date: 19 July 1945 - Place: At Sea
This photograph is from the Australian War Memorial's collection

On this day we remember the first battle of Bullecourt on the Western Front. On April 11, 1917, the 4th Australian Division and 62nd British Division attempted to penetrate the Hindenburg Line at Bullecourt where they were unsuccessfully supported by tanks. 
This led to over 1,000 Australians becoming prisoners of war, the largest number in a single action in WWI. 
A further 3,000 brave servicemen became casualties in this battle fighting for our country. Today we honour these men for their sacrifice and bravery. 
Please remember to buy a badge and support the 2021 ANZAC Appeal in honour of all those who serve. 
Image Courtesy: Australian War Memorial

Warrant Officer I T Fisher of No 5 Field Unit, Military History and Information Section filming through the window of a ruined building in Tobruk.
Between April and August, 1941 around 14,000 Australian soldiers were besieged in Tobruk by a German–Italian army commanded by General Erwin Rommel. The garrison, commanded by Lieutenant General Leslie Morshead, consisted of the 9th Division (20th, 24th, and 26th Brigades), the 18th Brigade of the 7th Division, along with four regiments of British artillery and some Indian troops.
Photographer: Unknown
**Place: **Tobruk, Libya
This photograph is from the Australian War Memorial's collection

Two unidentified members of the Women's Australian Auxiliary Air Force (WAAAF) operate a motion picture camera whilst another makes a sound recording.
The Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) was formed in March 1941 after considerable lobbying by women keen to serve and by the Chief of the Air Staff who wanted to release male personnel serving in Australia for service overseas
**Photographer: **Unknown
Place: Brisbane, Australia
This photograph is from the Australian War Memorial's collection

Australian Soldiers outside the ANZAC Memorial, during a heatwave, Hyde Park, Sydney, 4 January 1946, Sun newspaper photographs, State Library of New South Wales,

Members of the 2/48th Battalion, 9th Australian Division, are pictured with a pet dog, after evacuation from Tobruk on the ship Kingston. It was taken in October 1941.
From left to right they are believed to be Private Jack Colin Curtis of Southwark, South Australia; Private Jack Eunson Champion of Echunga, South Australia; and Corporal Roy Clifford Darley of Narridy, South Australia. Private Curtis later died of wounds in Egypt on 23 September 1942.
Picture: Australian War Memorial.

Gallipoli cat
This touching image shows a cat sitting in the opening of a sandbagged dugout. The cat, probably a regimental mascot, looks up expectantly at the approach of an unidentified soldier. The image was taken in 1915, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey.
Picture: Australian War Memorial.

General Birdwood, Commander of the Australian Imperial Force, arriving in Adelaide during a visit in 1920; Sammy Lunn, the well-known fundraiser for war charities stands left as part of the welcoming party.
c.1920 SLSA

Birdwood was made Baronet of Anzac as a reward for his....efforts. Thankfully his grandson, the 3rd Baronet of Anzac died coincidentally in 2015, meaning there are no more English aristocrats walking around with a title earned with the lives of Australians and New Zealanders.

Our singing ANZACS enjoying a break and lending their voices in song.

In the trenches WW1

Nurses from South Australia ready to embark for South Africa, February 1900. 
Back row left to right: Sisters AB Stephenson and Agnes Cocks. Front row: Sisters M O’Shanahan, LA Watts, Martha Bidmead, and AM Glenie. State Library of South Australia (SLSA) B 9065
Photo - ANZAC Portal

“Portrait of Company O'Connor Men and Cat" was taken on August 12, 1915. Picture: Australian War Memorial.
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Edward James Boyd
Sergeant Edward James Boyd was from Yass, NSW but his wife, Annie, was born in Bendigo. 
They had a daughter Jessica, who died in 1912, and three boys; Alec, Gordon, and Hugh. 
Edward enlisted in 1917 as a communications engineer with the 4th Divisional Signal Company, Australia Engineers, and was awarded the Military Medal. 
He was killed in August 1918. 
Annie lived in Melbourne with her sons and died in 1929.

Veterans of the Vietnam War march in Sydney's Anzac day parade in 1973. 
Stuart MacGladrie

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