27 October 2015

Neil Cook collection
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This clipping shouldn’t surprise, George was, after all the son of a Master Mariner…

Dan Bowman wrote in his diary on the same day ‘attended boat race at Lady Barron’ ‘was passenger in Wally Holt’s boat Emily in two races, lost one, won one, nearly had an accident at the wharf.’

This 98th anniversary is about researching the other young men buried along side George.

Private Harold Drew 50th Battalion Alberta [Calgary] regiment is buried to the right of George. Harold 25 died of shrapnel wounds to chest and head in the 2nd Canadian Clearing Station 27 October 1917. Harold place of birth – Western Maine, USA & son of William Drew.

Buried to the left of George is Robert Campbell – place of birth – Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Places of enlistment, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Rank, Corporal service number 74307 or the 27th Brigade Royal Field Artillery 119th Bty, Army Corps 5th Division. Date of death 26 October 1917.

The closest Aussie digger to George is 18-year-old Private Leslie Matthew Carter 5052 – 7th infantry battalion. Leslie originated from Brighton Victoria. His AIF record indicates he was injured on 3/11/17 (?typo) the 23/10/17 perhaps, admitted on the 24th to the 17th Casualty Clearing Station with shell wounds to leg and buttock. Leslie died from these wounds on either the 26th or 27th depending on documents referenced.


The Lady Barron Monster:

This will bring a few smiles to those who remember the drama caused when this picture and endearing comments arrived into the hands of the locals at Lady Barron.

Flinders Island Monster

I remember the hoo ha well!!

One of my childhood favourites (certainly not Ossie Brodie telling us he was coming to steal our dolls!!!).

Of course the brain child of several folk from Whitemark winding up the LBer’s.

Mission achieved. The authors were revealed many years later, another story for another day.