soldiers of the Great War
Follow the lives of men who were soldiers of the great war.
Follow their footsteps and the places where they fought and where some of them now Rest in Peace.
- William Abraham Crane
- James Albert Crane
- Jack Hunter
- James Berrell
- John Cameron Mackenzie
- James Francis Hourihan
- Ronald Laidlaw Mumford
- Robert( Roy) Bryant
- Alfred Bryant
- Armadale Charles Anderson
- John Thomas Hutchinson ( coming soon)
- Archibald Thomas McCarthy ( coming soon)
- Cecil Seidner
- James Vivian Rake
- Charles Albert Rake
- Edward Benjamin Rake
- John James Killip ( coming soon)
- Arthur Reginald De La Motte
- Norman Bunn
- Willie Mayfield Dilger
- Leonard Charles Chaplin
- Thomas See
- William See
- George Gordon Gilbert
- John Thomas Patrick Draddy
- Hansen Woodcock
- Arnold Woodcock
- Archie Boadle
- James Davie Renner
- Lieutenant General Stanley George Savige
- Lewis McIntyre
- Harry Dalziel
- Erice Sylvester Connors ( coming soon)
- Thomas Ryan ( coming soon)
- Leslie Ward ( coming soon)
- Edward Tiny (Faloon) ( coming soon)
- Leslie Arnold Ward ( coming soon)
- Cyril Cutcliffe Ward ( coming soon)
- Henry Hemminway Turner ( coming soon)
- Arthur Elston ( coming soon)
- Thomas Forrester Gardiner ( coming soon)
- Charles Edward Young
Thomas See William See
Leonard Charles Chaplin 21st MAchine Gun Company
battle for St Flers 1916
The Battle of the Somme........
As you travel around the Somme and look at countless small cemeteries that hold the graves of young men from countries near and far.....you cannot but think of the futility of war!
Small ,obscure stone fenced ,beautifully manicured Commonwealth War Grave sites dot the French countryside almost as frequently as the poppies blooming at this time of year. Some of these cemeteries hold what was the lifeblood of our nation from 1916 to 1918.
In 1916 , the Battle of the Somme was to leave a legacy of loss for both allied and German forces.
So much so , that after the December of 1916 when the Battle of the Somme came to an end...only 12 kilometres had changed hands with a loss of many tens of thousands of men.
Poziers, Mouquet farm, Dernancourt and Flers are all key battle fields where Australians took part.
We pay special homage to one of the fallen today who died during the Battle of Flers in November 1916...........William Outtram.
On the 12th March 1915.........a young Australian man by the name of William Outtram from Digby Victoria enlisted in the AIF and headed to Gallipoli with Australia's 5th Division contingent to fight for King and country. After surviving the events of 1915 at Gallipoli, William suffered the scourge of the trenches - amoebic dysentery. Evacuated on a hospital ship in December 1915 he was returned to Australia.
Not content to have said ,I have done my bit......re enlisted and was shipped of to France with the 58th Battalion arriving on the 30th September.
He had avoided Poziers but still had the horrors of a wet battlefield bogged down in trench warfare and constant bombardments.
During the Battle for Flers he was wounded by machine gun fire on the left side and evacuated to the 13th Field hospital where he died on the 26th November 1916.
He was buried in a quiet corner of original Quarry Cemetery. He was later reinterred in the Commonwealth War Graves Quarry Cemetery just outside Montauban in Picardy.
A cemetery plaque was found by a potato farmer in a field n 1985. It was probably discarded when William was reburied after the end of the war.
Lest we Forget!
Cameron Mackenzie- Belgium
James Hourihan- Menin Gate