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Folks Of Interest ANZAC Day 25 April 14.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by DocWatson, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. ANZAC Day 25 April.

    April has always been a month of torment. I was going to post this on the Doolittle Raiders thread but believe those men deserve their own thread.

    Australia, in 1914 had population of almost 5 million people, of that more than 1.2 million Australians volunteered for service in WWI, of that 330,000 Australians fought for King and Country. Of them more than two thirds were either killed or wounded.

    WWI is the first war that Australia and New Zealand fought under our own National Banner's as Australians and New Zealanders. The Gallipoli landings on 25 April 1915 forged our National Identity's when after the planning and beach 'prep' by the British they then promptly landed the ANZACS on the wrong beach, one full mile (1.6km) from their intended target.
    16000 Australians and New Zealanders landed on that beach, nobody knows just how many fell but in the first several hours it was found that approximately 900 were killed, 2000 were wounded and 4 were taken prisoner and a beach so well defended that it was deemed impossible to land on had been taken.

    At the end of WWI the rural town of Ballarat constructed a Victory Lane with an arch engraved with every local that had died in the war, they planted a tree, one on each side of the road to honour those names. Victory parade runs for 14 miles. Hundreds of other towns did just the same for their boys.

    From that to WWII, Korea, Malaya, Indonesia, Vietnam, Timor, Gulf War 1(Iraq), Afghanistan, Iraq(Gulf War2) and many more Australians and Kiwis have proudly marched off to serve our country's.

    This Friday the 25th, I will honour those Australians and New Zealanders that served before me, my family members that served and the 14 mates I knew that laid down their lives in service of this great country.

    Please, this Friday the 25th pause for a minute to remember they who fell.

    Paul 'Doc' Watson,
    Royal Australian Army Medical Corps
    (031-2, AAMC, AME-Fixed and RW, HAPO, HUET.)
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2014
  2. Firefly
    Joined: Sep 15, 2005
    Posts: 377


    "Lest We Forget"
  3. "Lest We Forget"

  4. Kiwi Bob
    Joined: Apr 13, 2010
    Posts: 23

    Kiwi Bob

    "Lest we forget"

    I'll be at dawn parade on Friday Doc (probably at Beenleigh), I never served , but I go for my two Grandfathers (WW2),and my uncle (Korea).

    "They shall grow not 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."

  5. moefuzz
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 4,950


    For all who fought...

  6. deadbeat
    Joined: May 3, 2006
    Posts: 521


    well written Doc,,"lest we forget"
  7. Thanks Doc, my Mums Dad (1898-1976)was in WWI and was wounded by a German, i still have his tobacco tin the bullet passed through. He later was the NZ Govt. stores manager during WWII and was overseer for our lend lease agreement and in charge of all NZ post war asset sales. He never spoke of the wars. I will be at our local dawn parade this Friday. Least We Forget. JW
  8. 35desoto
    Joined: Oct 6, 2009
    Posts: 760


    Yes Friday deserves all our respect - I'll be at the Auckland Cenotaph for the dawn parade.
    Had one grandfather who served on maintaining Submarines in England during WWI and the other was a mounted Horse man in WWII here in NZ. While they didn't see battle there was also the silence when either WW was mentioned.

    Then on a Rod run in the afternoon
    Pay my respects in the morning
    And then cruise in the afternoon to recharge the batteries
  9. HOTFR8
    Joined: Nov 30, 2010
    Posts: 2,075


    They shall grow not 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


    My Grandad is in this photo. 9th Div Cav.
  10. 48FordFanatic
    Joined: Feb 26, 2011
    Posts: 1,336

    from Maine

    You can be sure I will remember this Friday and will pay my respect to your mates.

    3rd Squad,7th Cav ( US )
  11. colinsmithson
    Joined: Jan 27, 2013
    Posts: 383


    Lest we Forget

    Dawn Service
    then 2up
  12. fat141
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,575



    My uncle Aub King never returned from Gallipoli in WW1
    My Dad did return from New Guinea, never spoke of the WW2

    Most special day on the Aussie calendar
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2014
  13. A very special day indeed.
    I read An Anzacs Story a few years ago. A very powerful story that I recommend to anyone. It really put WWI into perspective for me.
  14. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,358


    Well said, I just got back from dawn service and it's getting bigger every year I go. Great to see the kids coming along and that the message is getting through. Not about glorifying war but remembering those in the services and others, and those individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country. Being my birthday it has always been a very special day for obvious reasons.
  15. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,694


    A reminder that Freedom is not free.
  16. Shedrat29
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
    Posts: 28


    Lest We Forget

    G V McLeod #13825
    20th Batt 2nd NZEF
    POW, Mentioned in Dispatches

    Love you Dad.
  17. OzyRodder
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 291


    As a fifth generation Australian Soldier currently overseas this day means so very much to me.

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  18. AZAV8
    Joined: May 3, 2005
    Posts: 997

    from Tucson, AZ

    We Yanks do not forget our Aussie and Kiwi cousins who sacrificed with us to defeat tyranny.
  19. jabberwoki
    Joined: Feb 10, 2011
    Posts: 127

    from puyallup

    Yep last we forget .
    I`ll be toasting the boys with bundy and milk at the Kangaroo & Kiwi pub in Seattle with all the x pats.
  20. Wardog
    Joined: Jan 12, 2010
    Posts: 2,357


    Australia would be very different if it was not for these brave men.
  21. Lil32
    Joined: Apr 4, 2012
    Posts: 1,554


    Lest we forget. our son served in Afghanistan and thankfully came home safe.
    Radio advised maybe 20,000 people in little Anzac Square this morning at 4.28am for service
    Happy birthday from Lil32
  22. Mad Mouse
    Joined: Apr 1, 2007
    Posts: 93

    Mad Mouse

    Ga Day Mates, Lest we forget. I am an american currently visiting in Numurkah, Vic. I just attended the AMZAC parade in downtown Numurkah and was Blown away at the the patriotism of Australians. I am visiting my Father in Law who served proudly in combat in WW2.
    Thank you guys for the Freedom that we all take for granted.
  23. Thanks for reminding us, Doc. As a sort of an amateur historian, I am very aware of the sacrifices made by our cousins from Australia and New Zealand. I will have my own moment of silence today for our Aussie and Kiwi allies who served so valiantly. My heartfelt gratitude for all who served and for those that made the ultimate sacrifice. May God bless you all. This American will NEVER forget.
  24. fat141
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,575


  25. I just found this book ('Never meant to be Heroes'), online. The subject is my grandfather, and it is published by his son, who we have never known of until today.
    So obviously this is a special day;

    p.s; The gravity of incredulity surrounding discovered war stories continues. There are many amazing stories, some so sad.
  26. Hemiman 426
    Joined: Apr 7, 2011
    Posts: 610

    Hemiman 426
    from Tulsa, Ok.

    Thoughts, prayers and thanks to our "Mates" down under who served!
  27. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
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  28. 35desoto
    Joined: Oct 6, 2009
    Posts: 760


    18000 people at the Auckland Museum this morning for the Dawn Service - very moving and a poignant reminder of how futile war can be sometimes
    The ww2 guys are now thin in the ranks yet the Korean, Malaysian insurgent, Vietnam and now the gulf wars boys and girls now fill the gaps
  29. "we will remember them"
    B85078 RNZAF
  30. Phil Stevens
    Joined: Mar 24, 2002
    Posts: 392

    Phil Stevens

    thanks for the link, my Dad was based at Darwin, so I'll be looking at getting something from these blokes." Lest We Forget "

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