Monday, April 25, 2011

how many of them survived?

When I look at the blokes in the 4th Reserves who trained with my grandfather in 1916, I wonder how many of them ever saw NZ again?

War is ugly, dirty, smelly, painful, humiliating and not to be glorified.

For those that have not seen this previous post, it features excerpts from his war diary, being shelled at Messines and later wounded in France.

Not exactly Hemingway but the best I have for a drizzly ANZAC day.

More WWI family history

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Blogger Ann O'Dyne said...

the drizzle will clear to the sunny weather here in the West at 10am, so don't leave home committed to woolly clothes.
The website of the Australian War Memorial will definitely have a link to a NZ site which will tell you about that units casualties.
all war is terrible for women children animals and everybody who isn't a General or a company supplying good$ and material$.
The current war$ are an Indu$try that bigger people than us will never let end.
Celebrate instead, the symbolic renewal of Easter Day.

10:10 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is what you need.
A o'D

10:41 am  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Thanks Ann. I've obviously inherited my GF's beautifully clear handwriting :) Very hard to make out half the names!

10:55 am  
Blogger Marshall Stacks said...

when I read the names I wondered if Clem and Claude Beauchamp were brothers.
The worst war stories are those where parents lost more than one son.

My WW1 grandfather (the Hindenberg Line) only said one thing about his memories - "the mud, the mud was everywhere".
I like to think the country boy met some groovy French girls in the villages his unit passed through.

8:51 pm  
Blogger Marshall Stacks said...

... when I say 'groovy' of course I mean that French girls would have seemed so exotic to a 19-year-old from Hamilton in the far west of Victoria, who had probably not travelled very much even in Victoria before signing on.

8:53 pm  
Blogger Ann O'Dyne said...

After Grog Blog has his grandfathers postcard too.

6:13 pm  

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