116/366 [Anzac Day]

2/24 Battalion

A day to remember the sacrifices made for us by so many. And especially :

  • My paternal grandfather Matthew, dead at 38 in the last months of WWI. Buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Stahnsdorf, near Berlin
  • His brother Robert, killed in action on July 12, 1915 in a doomed attack on a hill on the Gallipoli Peninsula. No known grave, commemorated by name on the Cape Helles memorial overlooking the Dardanelles
  • My maternal grandfather, Robert, a petty officer in the Royal Navy in WWI, serving on HMS Skirmisher in the Mediterranean and the Royal Australian Navy in WWII
  • My father, Andrew, who served in the 2/24th Battalion in WWII and saw action as a bren gun carrier driver at Tobruk, El Alamein and New Guinea
  • My mother who joined the Women’s Royal Australian Air Force as a young woman in 1939 and served in photographic intelligence under General Macarthur in Brisbane

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them. ~Lawrence Binyon~

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~ by korechronicles on April 25, 2008.

One Response to “116/366 [Anzac Day]”

  1. I sometimes lament how my own father “lost” six years of his youth in the army finishing in the 14/32nd battalion.

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