Monday, April 20, 2015

100 years of Anzac

The Centenary of Anzac is an opportunity to acknowledge the service men and women who were involved in the First World War.  It is also an opportunity to look at those who supported the war effort from home.  While the City of Playford only had a very small population at that time, in the vicinity of 2,500 a significant number of men and woman enlisted. 
No place was unaffected by war, the City of Playford was no exception.  At least 150 people enlisted in the Australian Infantry Forces from this area, with nineteen of them giving the supreme sacrifice.   The men were aged between 19 and 39, most in their early 20’s.   All but one was married.  Five men worked as labourers, three were farmers, but the list also included a butcher, cook, cabinetmaker and Police officer.  Four men were officers, three Lieutenants and one captain, while the other 15 were privates.
Some saw action at Gallipoli; one soldier perished here, five in Belgium, one in Palestine and the rest on the western front in France.  Seventeen of the men died in the field from gunshot wounds.  One soldier was captured and died from TB in a Prisoner of War camp.  Another soldier was being transferred to England to convalesce from illness, but his ship was bombed and he drowned.
100 years on we remember their stories.
 
Those who gave the supreme sacrifice in the City of Playford.

BAKER TC Richmond    
BLACKMAN Edward                     
BLENCOWE Alexander Howard 
COKER Allan Oswald                   
DAVIDSON Edgar Robert            
HATCHER Howard Sidney           
HATCHER Albert Mark                
HOOLE Harold                              
KELLY William Charles                
KING Charles Melvin                    
LAYCOCK Frederick Osmond      
McCLAREN Clarence Roy            
MOSS Alfred Hubert                    
RICHARDSON Albert James        
RIGGS Frank Leslie                       
SHEEDY James John                     
SHILLABEER  Albert                      
SHILLABEER Andrew                    
SMITHAM Charles Gordon         
STEVENS William Parr                 
TAMBLYN Charles David             
TIDMARSH Charles Edgar           
THOMPSON Leslie Howard        
WARD Arthur   

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