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Darragh Christie, 1 November 2017 · # · Comment

They charged but didn't come home (Beersheba, 1917.)

Mary Lou Byrne recently added this photo to Barry O’Keefe Library’s Trace image archive

Four men, Gerald Digby, Gordon Abbott, Rex Coley and Colin Bull, charged towards Beersheba. Only two came home. from the online archive of the Digby family

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Darragh Christie, 3 October 2017 · # · Comment

A story of the trench

Exactly 100 years ago today Corporal Reginald Dargan had A story of the trench, published in the The Mosman Daily .
The poem was written from 1st hand experience, probably whilst recovering from his 3rd lot of war ending injuries.

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John Bryan, 21 September 2017 · # · · Comment

Patrick Francis Hogan

Today (21 September 2017) is the 100th anniversary of Patrick Francis Hogan being killed in action. He was a journalist who enlisted in the AIF in February 1915.

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Darragh Christie, 22 August 2017 · # · · Comment

Hill 60 and the lost 18th

The 18th Battalion volunteers — raised mainly from the Sydney area, including Mosman — were described as ‘great big cheery fellows, whom it did your heart good to see.’ Within 48 hours of landing at Gallipoli, 50% of them were either dead or wounded. A few days later 80% of the 760 men who started the battle had become casualties.

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Darragh Christie, 14 August 2017 · # · · Comment

Where angels fear to tread: Smithy’s baptism of fire


Albatros D.V in combat with a Spad of 23 Squadron, by Terry Jones

Charles Kingsford-Smith became a household name between and after the wars because of his record-breaking Trans-Pacific flights with Charles Ulm and P.G. Taylor, and mysterious disappearance in 1937.

Less known are his experiences as a combat pilot in 1917, where his flying career was forged in the fires of adversity.

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