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Name:   Leeta Rutherford
email:   rutherford_lee@bigpond.com
Comments:   I have been researching Thomas Rutherford's military experience since 1999. This website is the result of the research I have undertaken.

Name:  

Anthony Allam

email:  

anthony@allam.go-plus.net

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I wrote to Leeta last year seeking any help she could give me on the 1st Bn Essex Regt which fought at Gueudecourt and which claimed my uncle's life on October 16th 1916. She took the time to send me two maps and some text from a book. I am indebted to her and wish her the best with her aims and dreams in establishing a memorial in Gueudecourt for the 1st Bn A.I.F fallen heroes. Keep up the good works.

Name:  

Len Miller

email:  

adagio3@bigpond.com

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Thanks Leeta for all the wonderful information. My fathers cousin was LESLIE MILLER killed on 5th November 1916 aged 24 yrs.Red Cross file shows his body was found in front of Bayonet Trench on March 3rd 1917 at Guedecourt - about 50 men buried together - Memorial at Villers Bretonneux

Name:   Alan Eade
email:   alan.eade@bigpond.com
Comments:   My great-grandfather's brother was Robert Thomas Costelloe. Over the years I have collected all his WW1 records that you have on your site. Currently I am collecting reports of Gueudecourt and Flers in November 1916 from trove.nla.gov.au
Congratulations and complements on your well presented website and thorough investigations of events in November 1916, and your gathering of those soldiers who died on 5/11/1916. I had not previously looked at Buckingham's, Kendrick's or Mason's records before.

Regards Alan
Name:   John Younie
email:   jsyounie@bigpond.com
Comments:   Thanks for this great summary of the 1st Battalion. George Oliver Wallgate 5300 was my grandmothers brother i.e. my great uncle. I have downloaded his records from the AWM which provides some interesting reading and discloses some other family history.
A job well done. I do not have a photo of George but may follow this up.
Name:   Michelle Cavanagh
email:   michcav@gmail.com
Comments:   Thanks Leeta - all your work is much appreciated. I'm still writing the biography of Frederick Stobo Phillips whose death report can be found at http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/15721775?searchTerm=frederick%20stobo%20phillips&searchLimits= FSP was shot while bandaging Burns but their bodies were not retrieved until March 1917. I expect to have his biography finished by the end of the year and will send you a copy once it is published. Should any relative of other diggers who died that day want to contact me please feel free to do so. I would especially like to hear from any of Burns relatives. Thanks again Leeta - you have done a wonderful job. I hope you will be posting some photos of Gueudecourt at some time in the future.
Peace and love, Michelle
Name:   Robyn Morris
email:   jr.morris1@bigpond.com
Comments:   Thank you Leeta for your wonderful dedication to Australia's lost Soldiers. Milton Dudley Penketh was my maternal Grandmother's brother..my Great Uncle.I grew up with Milton's portrait, always wondering about this man.. My journey took me to a time so long ago, to cry for a boy & a Mother who lost 2 Sons. I wanted to do this for my Mother who is 89 & a Grandmother who always spoke of her Brother.
Name:   Nerida Feeney
email:   nerida_feeney@yahoo.com.au
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Name:   margaret brown
email:   margietg@raggedtier.com
Comments:   Thank you Leeta for all your research and help. 2nd Lieutenant Niall Mullarkey was my grandfather's brother. His mother lost her husband in 1911, 2 sons including Niall in 1916, a daughter in law in 1916 and another son in 1919 as a result of war injuries. What a terrible sacrifice!
Name:   Kae Bulmer-Smith
email:   toadie68@dodo.com.au
Comments:   Thanks for all the information. I am the great-great niece of Leslie William Tiedeman, soldier killed in this battle.
Name:   Kevin and Sheila Harris
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Comments:   Thanks for putting together all this information. We'll get back to you with photo and info re Grandfather John Harris 2154 as soon as we've finished collecting information as we just found the site this afternoon.
Name:   Darren Fallshaw
email:   danielfallshaw@aol.com
Comments:   Last year my Great uncle passed away in London, at the ripe old age of 90. Amongst his belongings were the Great war medals of Frank Kendrick. Frank was the brother of my Great nan Alice, hence the medals came into our possession. Thanks to your web page I have been able to fill in a major part of my families history.
Kind Regards
Darren
Name:   John Matthews
email:   tjmatthewspl@gmail.com
Comments:   Hello, I have been checking in on your website over the last few years but have never left a message before :) . My wife, Claire Matthews is the great niece of 2nd Lt. John Harold McIntyre, who was killed by machine gun fire as he helped try to bring in the wounded after the disastrous night attack of the 5th/6th November 1916. Jack had only rejoined his Battalion a few weeks earlier after spending nearly a year in hospital recovering from wounds sustained in the battle of Lone Pine at Gallipolli on the 7th of August 1915. Like you, we have been to Gueudecourt and Flers and Villers Bretoneux, and we have wondered why his grave is unknown, as the records seem to indicate that the location was noted and marked for the war graves commission... In that little cemetary down the road outside of Guedecourt the nearest thing we could find was a tombstone dedicated to 'an unknown second lieutenant of an Australian regiment' ... It would be wonderful if we could one day have some small memorial to their sacrifice erected there.
It is great to see other descendants as interested in unveiling this little known tragedy as we are, thank you, and please keep up the good work.
Regards
John Matthews.

Name:  

Bronwyn Leonard

email:  

bron@velocitynet.com.au

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Thank you for the work you have done. My Uncle was 2nd Lieutenant John Harold McIntyre. Killed in France in the First World War. My niece Claire Helen Matthews nee Leonard has put a written memorial with his picture at the Remembrance site. He was wounded twice at Gallipoli and was being returned home to Australia when he jumped ship and rejoined the 1st Battalion in France where he was killed. I am at present collating and digitalising two albums of photos he took while at Gallipoli and in Lemnos and England. My brother John Leonard is doing most of the work!! It amazes me that they took their cameras to war. It shows their naivety and absolute ignorance of what they were about to face. Very sad. Makes their bravery the greater. I have letters he wrote home and particularly the last, written on a scrap of paper saying he had been promoted .I also have photos of his time training in Egypt and many photos of his friends and companions. I have a picture of the ship on which they sailed away from Australia and it is signed by every sergeant in the first Battalion. My mother (his sister) and I gave these, many years ago to the War Memorial. They copied them and returned them at my request. I now regret this as they are deteriorating rapidly -- so I am going to try and have them returned to the War Memorial Archives. His descendants will have to be happy with digital copies! There is great competition for these treasures! The War Memorial does not have copies of the time he spent in Egypt. I live just down the road from the National War Memorial at 54 Limestone Ave and my telephone number is 0262485481 should you wish to contact me. Thank you for your research. Regards Bronwyn.

Name:  

Dennis Walsh

email:  

dwalsh32@aapt.net.au

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Thank you Leeta for your inspirational site. I share my maternal Family Tree with John Patrick O'Bryan who died in this same battle on the 5th Nov. His name appears on the Memorial stone, but his body was never found. I wish you well with your Anniversary visit to the site, and if circumstances change for me I would love to meet you there.