The Trans Tasman ANZAC Day genea-blogging posts are in.
After our successful Australia Day and Waitangi Day blogging challenges, Seonaid (@genebrarian) from the Central Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries suggested that we get together to hold a joint Australian and New Zealand blogging event for ANZAC Day (25 April).
Participants wrote about an Australian or New Zealander serviceman or woman’s family, and the impact war had on their family history.
Once again, we have had a great response with 22 posts provided by bloggers from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and USA. You might like to read Seonaid’s excellent review of this blogging event at the Kintalk blog. Following is the full list of posts she prepared, including post submitted to both Twigs of Yore and to Auckland Research Centre’s Facebook page.
If you are like me, you may have to read the posts in stages. The stories are heartbreaking.
Wallace James Kirkpatrick:- Many KIRKPATRICK family members lost
Shauna Hicks:- Charles Douglas SPENCER - returned serviceman
Merron Riddiford:- Arthur Leonard HOLMES - killed in France in 1918
Sharon Brennan:- Alan Seabrook MITCHELL - killed over Munich on 2 October 1943
Michelle Patient:- Eric Hugh BARKER - killed at Messines Ridge, on the 7th June 1917
Anne Coppell:- A family changed by war
Helen Violet Smith:- George Howard BUSBY - returned serviceman
Julie Groucher:- Edward ELLIS - returned serviceman
Aillin O'Brien:- George Brown FULLERTON, DCM - died on 12 June 1917 from wounds received during the Battle of Messines and
Harold Heathcote Hayes CHAMBERS - died at Gallipoli of wounds received between 25 and 28 April 1915 and
Stanley CHAMBERS - killed in action, on September 23, at the Dardanelles
Margaret Gaffney: Peter Michael GAFFANAY - died 5 April 1918 from shell wounds to face and neck
Jill Ball:- John Bertram CHATFIELD - died 3 May 1917 Battlefield at Bullecourt
Alison:- Hugh O'BRIEN - killed in action 23 July 1916
Rosemary:- Reginald Sydney MERRETT - killed in action 9 April 1917
Cassmob:- William Rudolph KUNKEL - wounded and missing in action, presumed dead (Korea), on 16 November 1952
Shelley:- Aircraftman Leonard John Couper LEE - returned WWII serviceman (Japanese POW)
Tanya Honey:- James (Milton) SIMMONS - killed in action at Pozieres 29 July 1916
Vicky Kingdom:- Ernest Henry Noy and Leslie Cyril Noy - both died Battle of Bullecourt on 11th April 1917
and Noleen Sutton:- George Ogden - invalided home in 1917 and died in 1919
You can read their blogs on the Auckland Library Facebook discussion page.
ANZAC Day has been and gone for this year. These posts will go towards remembering and recognising our servicemen and women, their families, and the hardships they faced - every day of the year.
Lest we forget.