Mr Ray Van Den Nieuwenhof

A previous posting mentioned Ray and the important role he played in identifying the danger to the preservation of the original memorial during the site redevelopment from gasworks to the present residential estate. And when it subsequently disappeared his was a crucial role in galvanising support for a replica to be manufactured and subsequently dedicated by the NSW Governor in 2010.

Unfortunately Ray moved to Canada before the rededication and he has always wanted to visit us to view the memorial. He has kept an eye on us online and is overwhelmed with how the Memorial has become the focus for our Anzac Day service and how important those services have been for the relatives we have tracked down.

Ray visited us on Friday 11 August and resplendent in his uniform of the Canadian Legion (their equivalent of our RSL but with a more formal appearance) he laid a wreath and made the speech he wanted to make at the 2010 dedication.

This was a very emotional event for Ray and it is very pleasing that he was able to journey down under and see the result of his efforts.


 

 

 

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Legacy Presentation

On Thursday 10th August at a function at Legacy House, a cheque for $2,239.55 was handed to Sydney Legacy on behalf of the residents of Breakfast Point.

This sum was raised on Anzac Day at the Dawn Service and later the Club luncheon where attendees made donations into Sydney Legacy fundraising buckets being circulated by members of the Breakfast Point Mens Shed. The buckets were also located at the BBQ being manned by members of the Rotary Club of Breakfast Point who provided the free bacon and egg roll breakfast.

We are grateful to the Rotarians and Mens Shed for their early start to have everything prepared for the Dawn Service.

Legacy provides support for the families of service personnel who have lost their life or their health in the service of our country.

We have raised funds for them on the last 5 Anzac Days and as acknowledgement, Legacy presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Breakfast Point community.

Presentation of the Certificate of Appreciation:

(l) Breakfast Point resident Greg Maunsell

(r) Sydney Legacy President Paul Lane

 

A reminder that information on the 2017 Anzac Day Dawn Service and photos can be found  under the Commemoration Services tab or here.

 

Gnr L A Orchard – Updated

A photo has been uncovered in The All Australian Memorial showing Gunner Leslie Alfred Orchard who was the final AGL casualty of the war.

He was 27, a ferry master, married with one child, and lived at Rozelle. He enlisted in 1916 and survived numerous major battles but succumbed to influenza 12 December 1918 while visiting relatives in Scotland.

Pte C N Kenny – Updated

A photo has been uncovered in the Australian War Memorial showing Pte Charles Norman Kenny and 10 of his mates from the 19th Battalion. The photo was taken soon after they arrived in France in September 1916. Charles is the tallest and is 3rd from the left in the back row.

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They called themselves “The Syndicate” and their motto was “Get an eye full of it”.

Charles died of wounds sustained at Bullecourt on 3 May 1917. He was 26 years old, a clerk, unmarried, of Ryde. His biographical section is here.

Of the eleven men in the photo, only five made it back home to Australia.

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.

Pte A R Marriott – Updated

(Arthur) Rupert Marriott’s family spent many years in Tumut NSW and local researchers have found his name listed on the previously unknown Tumut Public School memorial board.

What also has been found is a testimonial in the local newspaper (Tumut Express):

A FALLEN HERO.

“Gunner A. Rupert Marriott, son of Mr Frank Marriott, of Bondi and formerly a resident of Tumut for many years, has been killed in action in France. He was 27 years of age, and belonged to the 8th Brigade, Light Trench Mortar Battery, having enlisted on March 14, 1916, prior to which he was in the employ of the Australian Gaslight Company.

He fell on May 2. He was through the big pushes at Pozieres, Bapaume and on the Somme all the winter and just prior to being killed was mentioned in despatches for rescuing two of his mates in No-man’s Land under very heavy fire. Rupert was just entering into manhood when he left Tumut, and was at one time on the Express staff.

He was a stalwart, robust young man, and a true stamp of soldier. How many of such have made the supreme sacrifice for freedom and liberty?”

At this stage there is no verification that he was formally Mentioned in Dispatches as mentioned in the article. Rupert was killed at Bullecourt in May 1917 after surviving the major battles at Fromelles and Pozieres. His biographical details are available here.

The centenary of the AGL Bullecourt casualties will be especially commemorated at our 2017 Anzac Day Dawn Service.

Updated Photo of Original 1926 Dedication

Through the kind work of staff at Jemena, the successor to the manufacturing arm of AGL, a better quality photo has been obtained of the original unveiling of the War Memorial in 1926.

The Governor of New South Wales, Admiral Sir Dudley Rawson Stratford de Chair, K.C.B., M.V.D. unveiled the Tablet on 26 August 1926.

The original photo on the website was a scanned copy from the Sydney Morning Herald. The new photo is from a scan of the original photo held by Jemena. It is hoped that an even better copy of this photo and others of AGL works can be provided in the future.

The link to the photo is here in the Memorial Background tab and is shown below:

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The photo gives a clearer view of the people, the front gates, and what is now the current Administration building.