Anzac Day 2018 Update 2

It is estimated that up to 600 people attended our Anzac Day Dawn Service and the general consensus is that it was the best to date, which is high praise indeed given that the prior services have all rated very well. We should all be very proud of our ability to display our community to such standards for the events that we arrange. We also raised over $1,900 donation for Sydney Legacy.

The Order of Service, Address, and a selection Photos have been loaded onto the website.

We were grateful to have the participation of relatives of Pte J Clancy, Pte J O’Brien and Sgt G Taylor on our Memorial. They have returned over many years and our Service would not be the same without them.

As we build more involvement of members of our Community it was very pleasing to have commemoration of residents’ relatives Pte J McCann (WW1), Flt Lt R Abbott, and Pte C McKenzie (WW2).

We also were fortunate to have a special segment on the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam and a wreath laid by local resident Doug Tear MBE who is President of the NSW Branch of the AATTV Association.

Very well received was our new special segment having 7 members of our Mens Shed representing each of the 7 men on our Memorial who lost their lives during the 3rd Battle of Ypres. Many in the crowd were deeply affected as they planted a poppy for each after their short biography was read out.

We are also grateful for the participation of Cr Nick Yapp representing our State Member Mr John Sidoti and the staff and children of Explore & Develop Early Learning Centre

Thanks to all who made the day a success:

Braxton Jones our Bugler resplendent in his NSW Lancer uniform.

Anthony Starkey and the Country Club staff: we could not have a day without them!

Breakfast Point Men’s Shed for their early start setting up and manning the Legacy buckets.

Rotary Club of Breakfast Point for the great bacon & egg rolls.

Breakfast Point Realty and Five Dock RSL sub-Branch for donation of wreaths.

All the people behind the scenes at the Community Association.

Rear Admiral Boyd Robinson for his reciting of the Ode

Mick Gordon for his music and equipment.

Peter Marshall as Flag Marshall

You, the Residents.

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Anzac Day 2018 Update 1

Due to time constraints we will not be including the Battle at Messines or the two casualties on our memorial who died there.

We shall concentrate on the 3rd Battle of Ypres (aka Battle of Passchendaele) and the 7 men on our Memorial we will recognise are:

Driver William McRae,

Sapper James Patrick Daly,

Private John Broskom,

Sergeant William Mellkinch Anderson,

Sergeant Samuel James Reeves,

Lance Corporal William Charles Brownell,

Sergeant Reginald George Cannon.

We are honoured that our guests this year will again include descendants and relatives of those who are named on our Memorial. At this stage this includes relatives of Sgt R Easton, Pte J Clancy, and Pte D O’Brien.

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

Residents who lost a relative in those battles and who wish to participate in the service please contact Jo McGoldrick, caexec@breakfastpointcountryclub.com.au.

Format of Anzac Day:

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

6.45am. BBQ breakfast provided by the Rotary Club of Breakfast Point. Donations for Legacy will be requested during the breakfast and will be collected by the Breakfast Point Mens Shed.

12.00pm. Lunch in the Country Club. Bookings are open.

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

Pte J C Clancy – Updated

The Clancy family have supplied a new photo of Pte John Charles Clancy. It is an early form of photoshop in that John’s face has been taken from a family photo of the time and a uniform drawn around him in pencil, apparently due to the fact that there was no photo taken in uniform. It has been added to his biographical section.

John Charles Clancy enlisted in May 1915. He was born in Forbes in 1886, and was originally a stockman before moving to the city. He was a labourer at the Gasworks and lived at Ashfield.

With minimal training in Australia & Egypt, John’s party of reinforcements to the 13th Battalion were thrown into successive battles at Hill 971 and Hill 60 on Gallipoli in August 1915. He was posted as Missing on 23 August when only 4 men of his platoon survived.  He is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial.

His family from Port Macquarie and Sydney have been regular participants at our Dawn Service.

Anzac Day 2018

Anzac Day 2018 will be commemorated in our Community by our Dawn Service starting at the Memorial at 6.00 am, followed by a lunch held at the Country Club for members and guests.

2018 will mark the Centenary of the end of World War 1 and significant battles for Australians at Villers-Bretonneux, Hamel, Mont St Quentin and other locations. Last year we did not have time to properly acknowledge the men on our memorial who lost their lives in the Flanders battles in late 1917 so that will be the main focus of our service this year.

As a local resident is NSW President of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) Association, this year we will also specially acknowledge this extraordinary unit’s service in Vietnam.

The Flanders battles at Messines and Passchendaele areas claimed over 45,000 Australian killed or wounded. The 9 men on our Memorial we will recognise are:

Private Geoffrey Henri De Josselin,

Private Robert Fish,

Driver William McRae,

Sapper James Patrick Daly,

Private John Broskom,

Sergeant William Mellkinch Anderson,

Sergeant Samuel James Reeves,

Lance Corporal William Charles Brownell,

Sergeant Reginald George Cannon.

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.

Residents who lost a relative in those battles and who wish to participate in the service please contact Jo McGoldrick, caexec@breakfastpointcountryclub.com.au.

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 and will be collected by the Breakfast Point Mens Shed.

12.00pm. Lunch in the Country Club. Bookings are open.

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

Pte G H De Josselin – Updated

A family member has been tracked down and has donated a photo of Pte Geoffrey Henri De Josselin and it has been added to his biographical section.

Geoffrey Henri Etienne De Josselin enlisted in September 1916. He was born in Waverley in 1897, and was a junior clerk living in Coogee.

He had just turned 20 when he was killed by gunfire at Messines on 7 June 1917.

He will be one of those specially remembered at our 2018 Anzac Day Dawn Service.

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.


 

 

 

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.