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Saturday, April 25, 2015

ANZAC Day...

The other day I asked DH whether he had any photos of his grandfather, George, who served in WW1. So that's how, still dressed in his PJs, DH went through a case and box of his mother's memorabilia of her father. 

The little bundle of items soon piled up...I scanned documents and photos...



Despite the repair with sticky tape, what a find is this? DH's grandfather received a note from George v after winning the Military Medal. 

I took photos...
Not all these are DH's grandfather's medals...some are badges collected by my MiL... 

The medal in the left foreground is from the Boer War; DH's grandpa served in the Tasmanian Army during the Boer War. Note the badge celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Gallipolli Landing...
The medal on the left is the British War Medal and the one on the right is the Victory Medal. No one knows where the Military Medal is.  

We've consequently shared these photos and scanned documents with other family members,who were thrilled to get them. Some had not been aware of their great grandfather's war record. 

Yesterday I happened to be at Greenslopes Hospital which used to be the Repatriation Hospital. This private hospital also cares for veterans which was part of the conditions of sale of the hospital. In the Reception Lobby there were all these giant poppies which were for sale...made by volunteers at the hospital.

Lastly, a photo from social media showing Federation Square in Melbourne which is just a sea of red poppies to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipolli Landing. 


 Lest We Forget...

7 comments:

Vireya said...

Amazing collection of memorabilia!

I haven't had a chance to get into the city to see the sea of poppies. It's an impressive achievement.

shez said...

So interesting Maria ,Thankyou for sharing. Lest we forget xx

Christine M said...

Thank you for sharing your special things with us Maria. I really enjoyed reading about his service. How special is that note from King George.

margaret said...

such a brave man and to have been wounded twice he really deserved those n=medals and the letter is very special. What an amazing array of poppies in Melbourne

Cynthia said...

What wonderful things to have! Especially the letter. I love the poppies in the square. Just beautiful.

SuperMomNoCape said...

What a treasure trove of memories to have to share with family and friends!

SuperMomNoCape said...

What a treasure trove of memories to have to share with family and friends!