Anzac Day 2017

This year is the Centenary of the 1917 battles, of which Second Battle of Bullecourt will be our focus as it was the cause of the greatest number (8) of AGL casualties. We will also mention the Third Battle of Ypres (commonly known as Battle of Paschendaele) but with 1917 casualties being 19 we only have time to give details of the 8 who died at Bullecourt.

Also, as the 50th anniversary of Long Tan was a few months ago, we will also have a greater mention of Vietnam. We’re hoping we can discover our local community Vietnam veterans to participate at the wreath laying. The idea is that rather than one person laying the wreath that we get all of them to stand behind the wreath layer and we ensure we get photos so we can have a record of our community Vietnam veterans.

The two assaults on the Hindenburg Line at Bullecourt in April and May 1917 claimed 10,000 Australian killed or wounded and another 1,170 taken prisoner.

The casualties we will commemorate are:

Private Arthur William Jennings,

Private Charles Norman Kenny,

Private Arthur Rupert Marriott,

Lieutenant William Ridgeway Porter,

Private Joseph Ricks,

Corporal Stanley John Perry,

Private Edward Sidney Money,

Private David Michael O’Brien.

We are honoured that our guests this year will again include descendants and relatives of those who are named on our Memorial.

Contact has been made with many relatives of those on the Memorial and we are always keen to get messages from others via this website.

This is an open invitation for relatives to contact us and to participate in our Anzac Day ceremonies.

The knitted red poppies commemorating each of the 45 soldiers on our Memorial will appear again this year.

Format of Anzac Day:

6.00am Dawn Service. Assemble by 5.45am at the area beside the War Memorial.

7.00am. BBQ breakfast provided by the Rotary Club of Breakfast Point. Donations for Legacy will be requested during the breakfast.

10.30am – 3.00pm. Display of memorabilia in the Country Club Boardroom from 10.30am and exhibits are requested from residents.

10.30am – 11.30am. Presentation in the Country Club on the Western Front 1917 & the AGL Men.

12.00pm. Lunch in the Country Club. Bookings opening soon

2.00pm. Two Up in the Club. Same format as last year, social betting only (ie play money will be given to each table ) with prizes for the winning table.

Further updates will be provided as necessary. Details also on the Community website here.


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