Lest We Forget

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  1. Hello Allison,
    I have just finished reading your book ‘Anzac Sons’, after seeing it on the shelf at my local library yesterday. I cannot express in words how touched I was reading about your great uncles and their sacrifices during WW1.
    My husband had four great uncles and one grandfather (a twin) who enlisted for WW1 like the Marlow ‘boys’. Three did not return, one was repatriated because of flat feet and bronchitis and the other (grandfather) deserted before embarkation as his twin brother was Killed in Action. This was not known to us for some time but with National Archives of Australia digitising records is now on the public record.
    I am a volunteer guide and ‘Friends of’ at the Frenchs Forest Bushland Cemetery (Sydney) and today we are having a ‘Anzac Heroes of the Forest’ tour to honour our WW1, WW2, Prisoners of War in all conflicts of War.
    Last Sunday the ‘Friends’ placed over 300 Australian flags on service personnel graves in the Catholic Lawn section of the Cemetery.
    I will write to my local newspaper about your book as I did recently about a picture book, ‘Anzac Ted’ of which I have a copy for my grandchildren to read.
    I will purchase your book, another reminder for my grandchildren and others to remember our Fallen.

    I am also a member of Garigal-BELROSE Combined Probus Club.

    Kind regards
    Gloria VELLELEY

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    1. Dear Gloria
      Thank you for your message and I am delighted that you discovered Anzac Sons in your library. I gather it was the children’s version that you have read. We were fortunate to have so many images, as well as letters, to be able to include.
      There are so many tragic family stories and yours is another heartbreaking one. Your husband’s grandfather must have had a remarkable tale, but I suppose, like most, he did not share his experience very often. The National Archives are amazing, the work that has been achieved helps to fill in so many gaps for the descendants of the Anzacs. Can I inquire if you know where the great-uncles are buried?
      Thank you for sharing your activities to care for the fallen, not allowing their sacrifice to be forgotten is a great responsibility for us all. My son and brand new daughter-in-law are currently in the air on their way to France for the Anzac Day service at Villers-Bretonneux, they will also be at the resting place of Charlie one hundred years since his death on April 26. It will be a moving experience for them both.
      Kind regards
      Allison

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