We have recently received donations of items relating to two men who are listed on war memorials in Mosman. The first photograph of Jack Weston Attwood turned up in a bundle of clothes in a NSW country op-shop. The other is a photograph postcard showing Francis Herbert Semple and another soldier, Norm, on camels in front of a sphinx and pyramid in Egypt dated 1916.
The Mosman Football Club (Rugby Union) Roll of Honour has been added to our database. Named are 123 members of the Mosman Football Club (Rugby Union) 1914-1918 who answered the call.
The details were kindly provided by Michael Flude, President, Mosman Rugby Club.
The honour roll, he says, was severely damaged in the clubhouse fire at Rawson Oval in 2006. A reproduction will be mounted in the clubhouse when renovations are complete.
Eleven members of the club gave their lives in the First World War:
View all names: Mosman Football Club (Rugby Union) Roll of Honour
Captain Malley in his distinctively-painted Sopwith Camel. (Source: Peter Scholer)
Previously unseen photographs of the Mosman boy who fought the Red Baron’s Flying Circus have come to light thanks to our Anzac centenary project.
The Fort of DOUAUMONT. Postcard ca. 1920. George Eastman House Collection
Mort pour la France has a weight and tone not dissimilar to lest we forget. It is reserved for those who have died in the service of their country. A chance discovery when searching the Trove newspapers database has revealed a Mosman man who fought with the French and bears this sombre honorific.
Finding the fragments that complete a picture is one of the rewards of digging in the archives. The diaries of two Mosman men have revealed for John and Vicki Andrews the deep regard felt for a forebear by the men of his command.