Our Remembrance Day
They never had any children and she never re-married.
Every Australian knows the history of the ill fated HMAS Sydney. HMAS Sydney was the greatest loss ever suffered by the Australian Navy. The cruiser was sunk off the coast of Western Australia by the German Raider “Kormoran” during World War Two. None of the 645 men survived and no bodies were ever recovered, all going down with the ship.
He was an Officer in the Australian Army during World War Two. He served in Africa, New Guinea and was involved in training missions in Townsville, Northern Queensland, many of them very secretive and classified (I am currently researching our family history and his war service is proving a bit of a challenge).
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.John McCrae (1872–1918)