Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:41 AM
Thanks for that Mark,
A great photo. It helps to give a better understanding of these events when one sees a visual of the area in which these horrible events took place. I am currently researching a group of postcards and the two brothers of the AIF, 2nd BN & 5th BN who sent them. They had both served on Gallipoli. The brother from the 5th Bn disappeared here on the 18th August 1916 during a heavy German bombardment of the positions held by his Battalion. His Bn diary states that 2 companies were in trenches between Bapaume Road & Munster Alley & the other two companies in reserve in Sunken Road.
As with so many families during this time this soldier's family suffered greatly. Three cousins, 2 in the 55th Bn & one in the 20th Bn all where killed/ disappeared in 1917. Not one of the four men mention has a known grave. The brother in the 2nd Bn who had already been wounded at Lone Pine, Gallipoli was wounded a second time at Flers in late 1916 & returned to Australian in early 1917.
Hoping that in the future I'll be able to visit this location. It will be a very moving visit.
Thanks again Clarke