Men of Pozieres
2016 was the year that commemorated 100 years since the Battle of Pozières, a couple of ordinary Australians Barry and Yvonne Gracey learnt of a Battlefield soaked with Australian blood, 7,000 men were killed, 4112 men were never found and 16,000 wounded. Charles Bean the famous war correspondent described the field as “the one place on earth most densely sown in Australian Sacrifice.”
The men that gave their lives have been forgotten! A farmer’s field, their final resting place was up for sale two years ago. Was many people interested, the answer is NO. Why not you ask, because the people tasked with the Centenary of World War 1 were not interested enough to support this important battle. Photograph of the Western front by Steven Crane
Granville Historical Society has moved to right this wrong we ask the people of Australia to support this project, the society will buy 10 bricks for $50 each to turn this field into a Memorial Park to mark the burial of the men who have not been found and the men and women who have worn the uniform and served our country to keep us safe. Australians please support this project to remember and thank our serving forces, the men and women who have returned with broken bodies and broken minds. Buy a brick in memory of an Australian soldier, your soldier, there is no criteria, they did not have to die, they can of fought in any war, they can be current serving officers.
Have a look at this website and see how you can help. http://www.pozieresremembered.com.au/about/
And this page http://www.pozieresremembered.com.au/pozieres-memorial-park/
Photograph of Barry and Yvonne Gracey who has bought the field, passionate to save the field in the memory of our men.
Photographs courtesy of Barry and Yvonne Gracey
Our Granville Men who died:
Lance Corporal John Douglas Black of Granville, 4th Battalion was killed by a shell that exploded in his trench on 22 July 1916, the day before the battle began.
Bombardier Stanley Francis Chippindale, 22, of Boundary Street Parramatta, son of a Granville postman, John Chippindale, was born in Parramatta, won a Distinguished Conduct Medal, died of pneumonia after being wounded on the 17 August 1916.
Sapper Ralph Granville Irons, 23, of Granville, 1st Field Company Australian Engineers, was wounded and died of his wounds on 24 July.
Twenty-three-year-old Frank Hessell Pickering, of Auburn, a member of the 3rd Battalion, was reported missing believed killed on 22 July 1916 after a shell exploded in a dug-out.
Gunner Roland Tafe Pickering, 20, also serving in the 3rd Battalion, was killed two days later during the second attack on Pozières village, apparently by ‘friendly fire’.
After Pozières was secured on 24 July, Sergeant William Dawson Fisk of Guildford, was killed in a raid two days later.
Private Warrick James McLeod, 21, of Granville, 17th Battalion, was killed on 27 July 1916 as Australian units attempted to capture the high ground north and northeast of Pozières.
Two members of the 4th Australian Pioneer Battalion, Privates Oliver James Harmon and Henry Whittemore, both of Granville, were killed on 6 August 1916 by German shelling.
Corporal Cecil James Norris, 28, of the 45th Battalion, was killed in action on 7 August 1916 during a German counter-attack.
Private Andrew Duncan Hotchkies, of Granville, 3rd Battalion, was killed in action on 17 August 1916 during the 1st Division’s advance north of Pozières.
Private Abney Charles Douglas Hopton who was wounded in action, Pozieres, France, 23 July 1916; invalided to Groveland Hospital, Southgate, England; returned to duty. Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal Died 27 December 1953.