20 April 1915

Two members of the Half Flight seated in a Maurice Farman Shorthorn aircraft, Mesopotamia, 1916. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

Two members of the Half Flight seated in a Maurice Farman Shorthorn aircraft, Mesopotamia, 1916.
Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

 

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19 April 1915

A 'Drachen' type balloon is held steady aboard the SS Manica, as a spotter prepares to climb into the basket, Gallipoli 1915. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum.

A ‘Drachen’ type balloon is held steady aboard the SS Manica, as a spotter prepares to climb into the basket, Gallipoli 1915.
Image courtesy Imperial War Museum.

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18 April 1915

French aviator Roland Garros. Image in public domain.

French aviator Roland Garros.
Image in public domain.

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George Edgar Lockie

George Edgar Lockie was born in Selkirk in Scotland in the late 1880s. His parents were George and Helen Lockie; he had a sister, Nellie, and a brother, Walter.

George was educated at Knowepark School at Selkirk. George came to Australia aged 24. He and his brother Walter settled in Orange, where they had relatives. When Walter married in 1913 George was his best man.

George enlisted in April 1915 and was allocated to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcements as a private. He disembarked at Gallipoli in July, where he served for just over two months before being hospitalised with influenza. George returned to duty briefly, but was found to be unfit for duty and was transferred to Sarpi Rest Camp on the island of Lemnos.

Private Lockie joined the 45th Battalion in May 1916, and proceeded to Marseilles with the British Expeditionary Force the following month. On 26 Boxing Day 1916 George was appointed Lance Corporal. George was killed in action in Messines in Belgium on 7 June 1917, aged 29. He has no known grave and is commemorated the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 27, in Belgium and on the World War I Roll of Honour on the southern face of the Orange Cenotaph.

Walter and his family remained in Orange for many years, firstly at 27 Sampson Street, and later at 33 Lord Street. Walter relocated to Ashfield prior to his death in 1965.

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17 April 1915

Turkish and German personnel inspect the wreck of the E-15. Image courtesy The War Illustrated, 17 July 1915.

Turkish and German personnel inspect the wreck of the E-15.
Image courtesy The War Illustrated, 17 July 1915.

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16 April 1915

Having regard to the example which has been set us by His Majesty the King, the Army, and the whole nation generally, restricting the consumption of alcoholic drinks during the period of the War, every man in the Battalion is expected to use the utmost restraint to guard against over-indulgence.

What is the finest death to die,
And the fairest end to make?
To fall as your country’s foemen fly,
And to die for Freedom’s sake!
To die with the young, the strong, the brave,
A flush on your eager soul,
Your body borne to a hero’s grave,
And your name on Honor’s Roll!

Lead us into battle, shining overhead,
Youngest of the angels, bravest of the dead!
Lead us in your beauty, lead us in your youth,
Lead the ranks of Freedom, lead the hosts of Truth;
Go, before our armies, burn above our strife.
Stars in England’s Heaven, heirs of endless life!

Mother, why do you weep so long?
O father, why do you sigh?
Louder in Heav’n is the angels’ song
As the hero souls go by!
Up, brothers, up! and strike again
Till you break the tyrant’s rod —
The hero lives in the hearts of men.
And his soul is glad with God!

Lead us into battle, shining overhead,
Youngest of the angels, bravest of the dead!
Lead us in your beauty, lead us in your youth,
Lead the ranks of Freedom, lead the hosts of Truth;
Go before our armies, burn above our strife,
Stars in England’s Heaven, heirs of endless life!

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Bernard Patrick Dawson

Bernard Patrick Dawson. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

Bernard Patrick Dawson.
Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

Bernard Patrick Dawson was born in Orange in 1887 to James Dawson and his wife Mary (nee McConville). A sister, Catherine, was born two years later. It is not known how long the family remained in Orange; by the time Bernard enlisted in April 1915 both his parents had passed away and he was working as a postman in Drummoyne.

Private Dawson’s war career was very brief; lasting just under four months. He embarked from Sydney in June 1915 and joined the 2nd Battalion at Gallipoli on 6 August. The following day he was reported missing in action. This was upgraded to killed in action following board proceedings that took place on 24 August 1915.

Bernard is commemorated in the Drummoyne War Service Record and the Baptistry Memorial at St Mark’s Catholic Church at Drummoyne.

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15 April 1915

Peter Stresser, 1917. Image courtesy Wartenberg Trust.

Peter Strasser, 1917.
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14 April 1915

German zeppelin L9. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum.

German zeppelin L-9.
Image courtesy Imperial War Museum.

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13 April 1915

The battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth in Mudros harbour off the Gallipoli Peninsula 1915. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

The battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth in Mudros harbour off the Gallipoli Peninsula 1915.
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