Saturday, April 25, 2015

100 Years




Ernest Jackson, Gallipoli casualty


Today is ANZAC Day, a day when we in Australia remember and honour those who have fought in wars to keep our country safe and to uphold justice. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The 25th April is the date which marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War (Gallipoli in 1915). My great uncle Ernest was in that first landing. He died a week later, the day before his 25th birthday, after being wounded 28th April 1915 at Gallipoli. 

This ANCAZ Day, 2015, marks the 100th year since that ill-fated landing. I remember my Grandmother speaking of her early days, she loved her brother Ernest deeply and named the first of her six sons after him. I've learnt a little more about him and my family history here today. His younger brother, Henry, was in the same battalion, served in WWI for over 4 years and lived to be 74.
Their service, our heritage - Lest We Forget.

***Thank you Rod for you comment and link to more information (47 pages) 
from the National Archives. It was obviously very difficult for families trying to source any information or assistance regarding their lost loved ones. It was great to be able to see my great grandfather's handwriting too.


20 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Lovely flowers and images..We always need remember our military veterans and heroes.. Great post for your Anzac Day..

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

A good story.

Nancy's Notes said...

Thank you for sharing. Indeed, we must never forget and must always remember our veterans. Love reading your story. Karen, what a stunning photographs!

Happy Saturday~
Nancy

SarahZ said...

A thoughtful remembrance. Very nice...sad, but nice.

diane b said...

They were so young. So sad about your great uncle and all the others.

Sylvia K said...

It's always so sad to see the victims wars and particularly the so very young ones!! A sad but beautiful post, Karen! Thank you for sharing!!

Dirk Rosin said...

lovely macro photo !

Giga said...

Let your country lives in peace to never lose loved ones because of the war. Regards.

Erin said...

Karen,
Absolutely fascinated to know this!! So very very interested. Your heritage dear friend and cousin, is mine:) Just sent your link to my cousin (first) to ask who in the family is compiling the history cause I'm now really intrigued:)
And interesting connections, David's sister lives at Yatte Yattah!
Also interested to note one of Ernest's sisters (half) was named Hilda Jackson cause that is my grandmother's name. (not the same person though of course)

Susie said...

Lest we forget. What a great article you have for his memory. I too have a number of relatives lost at the Somme and Villeurs-bretanneux. In fact my 80 yr old mum had to give DNA recently again due to more remains found. And the neighbour that suggested my name to my parents, was shot in the face at Gallipoli but survived, sadly not like your great uncle. He lived till just after I was born in 1974. I still find it amazing, daunting and incredibly sad hearing what these people did for us. The best man in our wedding just came back from fighting ISIL and I'm so grateful he made it back safe.

Rod said...

http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7361190

Your relatives full service record can be found here. I've used the national archives to find service records of my family.

His service number was 867

CountryMum said...

We will remember them.

Amy Franks said...

we celebrated anzac day here too, I attended the local rsa for the ceremony. always good to remember our fallen...

Jen said...

Your blog is lovely. Your life is so full. Your quilts are as lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Teresa Duryea Wong said...

What a great story. He was so young!

Valerie said...

We will indeed remember them and continue to be astonished at their bravery and sacrifice - "No greater love ..... " Heartfelt gratitude and sorrow to all the families who lost loved ones.

Filip Demuinck said...

Strange to look at a pciture of 100 years old. How unique must that have been in those days.

Greetings,
Filip

Anita Johnson said...

I love that you have such a wonderful photo....such a sacrifice at a young age....the poppies always make me remember those lost in all wars in the world.

Preeti said...

What a sweet and sad post! Indeed, Lest We Forget.

Jana said...

beautiful poppy flower!

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