Monthly Archives - September 2017

We’ve Been Outed!

Sorry for the downtime this morning folks. The server went dark about 5:00m AEST and it's taken us over 5 hours to get it back up. Initially we thought a DDOS attack as we couldn't find anything wrong 'under the hood' in the first few minutes. Apparently not, even though earlier this morning there was a huge influx of activity on the Heritage Medals site, mainly through PHP processes, and it now appears that was the root of the...

Arthur Hall, VC

1–2 SEP 1918: World War I and Corporal (later Lieutenant) Arthur Charles Hall, 54th Battalion, originally from Nyngan, New South Wales, earns the Victoria Cross at Péronne. Arthur Hall was born on 11 August 1896 in Granville, Sydney to a livestock farmer and his wife. After attending school in Bathurst, he worked with his father on properties near Nyngan in New South Wales. In April 1916, at the age of 19, Hall enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). After...

Bob Mactier, VC

1 SEP 1918: World War I and Private Robert (Bob) Mactier, 23rd Battalion, originally from Tatura, Victoria, earns the Victoria Cross at Mont St Quentin. Robert Mactier was born at Tatura on 17 May 1890, the seventh of ten children of Robert and Christina Mactier of "Reitcam" ("Mactier" spelt backwards), a nearby property. In his formative years, he was a keen sportsman. He went to school locally, and later worked on his father's properties until he enlisted in the Australian...

Guy Wylly, VC

1 SEP 1900: The Second Boer War and Lieutenant (later Colonel) Guy George Egerton Wylly, 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, originally from Hobart, Tasmania, earns the Victoria Cross at Warm Bad, South Africa. Guy Wylly, 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, was one of two Tasmanians to win the Victoria Cross in the same action on 1 September 1900. The other was Trooper John Bisdee. Despite being wounded in a Boer ambush at Transvaal, South Africa, he went to the assistance of a...

Edgar Towner, VC

1 SEP 1918: World War I and Lieutenant (later Major) Edgar Thomas Towner MC, 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, Blackall, Queensland, earns the Victoria Cross at Mont St Quentin. Edgar Towner was born on 19 April 1890 at Glencoe station, near Blackall, Queensland, son of Tasmanian-born Edgar Thomas Towner, grazier, and his second wife Greta, née Herley, from Ireland. His parents were among the first settlers on the Barcoo River. Edgar was educated at home, at Blackall State School and...

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