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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Thanks for all the information. I am the
great-great niece of Leslie William Tiedeman,
soldier killed in this battle.
Kevin and Sheila Harris
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.
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
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.
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
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.