|The East Coast Bays Cenotaph|
Anzac Day for me, means Anzac Day services and family time. A time of commemoration of the fallen, and for those who may not have fallen but who's lives were altered completely by war. Its a time of paying respects and thanksgiving.
Every year there seems to be more people turn out for the services.
We went to the Civic Service at East Coast Bays. There was a huge turnout, especially of children from schools and youth/community groups - highlight was the speeches by two prefers from Long Bay College.
Standing in this beautiful location, under the pines, looking out towards the Cenotaph and beyond it the beach and the sea, the peace of the location added to the poignancy and atmosphere of the service. The Coastguard boat and crew even attended, moored just off the beach and still within earshot.
After the service, our family lunched with friends at our local RSA.
We always have a great response each year from the blogging community for our Blog Challenge. This year has been no exception.
We've been blessed with well-researched, well-written blog entries from New Zealand, Australia, England, and Iceland!
Bloggers have used letters, diaries and newspapers, as well as the other traditional resources.
Roll of Honour
2nd Lt Hugh Lindsay PATTON (NZEF), d 27 Aug 1918, Bapaume, France
Allan (Jack) ELLIS, returned serviceman, WWI AIF
Cpl Alexander Joseph McDONALD, d 25 April 1915, Gallipoli
Pte George FORSYTH, d 9 August 1916, Pozières
Frederick Andrew NELSON, returned serviceman, WWI AIF
Henry Oscar NELSON, d 20 July 1916, Fromelles
Pte John Bertrand CHATFIELD, missing 3 May 1917, later declared dead
Pte James Daniel BOOTHER (BEF), d 23 September 1915, the Marne, France
Fred MORRIS, d February 1915, France
Leonard MORRIS, d 1916, the Somme
Ethel FROST and son Leonard, (civilians), d 14 November 1940, air raid, Coventry, England
Cpl Margery GREENFIELD, d 7 October 1945, Rennes, France
Denis Patrick FINN, returned serviceman WWI AIF
Robert FINN, returned serviceman WWI AIF
John FINN, returned serviceman WWI AIF
Ernest James HAMBLIN, d 14 October 1917, Battle of Broodseinde, Flanders
Sgt Peter M GAFFANEY (NZRB), 5 April 1918, Mailly-Maillet, France
Indigenous Australians at war
2nd Lieut Percival Richard COUTTS (AIF), returned serviceman
Sgt Arthur Theodore COUTTS (AIF), d 30 November 1917, Flanders
Leo William COUTTS (AIF), returned serviceman
LCpl Leslie Herbert COOMBRIDGE (AIF), returned serviceman
Thank you to all who contributed your stories. Thanks also to those who read these blogs.
Remember also in the lead up to the centenary commemorations, that you can contribute your New Zealand stories to New Zealand's WW100, and your Australian and New Zealand stories to Inside History and FindMyPast's Memory Bank, to help preserve your families' memories of WWI.