Monthly Archives - August 2019

George Cartwright, VC

31 AUG 1918: World War I and Private (later Captain) George Cartwright, 33rd Battalion, originally from London, earns the Victoria Cross at Rood Wood near Peronne. Cartwright was born in South Kensington, London, on 9 December 1894 to William Edward Cartwright, a coach trimmer, and his wife Elizabeth (née Stracey). He attended the local school, before emigrating to Australia in 1912 at the age of eighteen without his family. Settling in New South Wales, Cartwright gained employment at a...

Battle of Mont St Quentin

31 AUG 1918: World War I and the Battle of Mont St Quentin begins. Mont St Quentin, overlooking the town of Péronne, was the scene of a famous Australian action under the leadership of Lieutenant General Sir John Monash. The depleted Australian divisions won an impressive victory against the German defenders, capturing some 2,600 prisoners. This battle is considered by many to have been the crowning achievement of the AIF in the First World War. The end of August found...

Charles Bean Dies

30 AUG 1968: Death of Captain Charles Edwin Woodrow (C E W) Bean. Charles Bean did more than any other individual to establish the Australian War Memorial. Australia's official war correspondent during the First World War, Bean wrote six volumes of the Official History of Australia in the war of 1914–1918 and edited the remaining volumes. Charles Bean is perhaps best remembered for the official histories of Australia in the First World War, of which he wrote six volumes...

Hugo Throssell, VC

30 AUG 1915: World War I and 2nd Lieutenant (later Captain) Hugo Vivian Hope Throssell, 10th Light Horse Regiment, originally from Northam, Western Australia, earns the Victoria Cross at Hill 60, Gallipoli. Hugo Throssell was born in Northam, Western Australia on 26 October 1884, the son of former Premier of Western Australia George Throssell. In 1914, he joined the 10th Light Horse Regiment, Australian Imperial Force. His brother, Frank Erick Cottrell Throssell, known as Ric, also served in the war...

Bruce Kingsbury, VC

29 AUG 1942: World War II and VX19139 Private Bruce Steel Kingsbury, 2/14th Battalion, originally from Melbourne, Victoria, earns the Victoria Cross at Isurava, New Guinea. It was a posthumous award. Bruce Kingsbury, soldier and real-estate agent, was born on 8 January 1918 in Melbourne, second child of English-born parents Philip Blencowe Kingsbury, estate agent, and his wife Florence Annie, née Steel. Bruce was educated at Windsor State School and (on a scholarship) at Melbourne Technical College. At the outset of...

Samuel Pearse, VC, MM

29 AUG 1919: World War I and Sergeant Samuel George Pearse, MM, 45th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (ex-AIF), originally from Glamorganshire, United Kingdom, earns the Victoria Cross north of Emsta, North Russia. It was a posthumous award. Sam Pearse (1897-1919) came to Victoria from Wales when only young. He enlisted in the AIF before he had turned 18. After brief service on Gallipoli with the 7th Battalion, he went to the Western Front, where he saw a lot of action...

Mouquet Farm Attack

26 AUG 1916: World War I and the 6th Australian Brigade attacks Mouquet Farm on the Somme. Mouquet Farm, near Pozières, was the focus of nine separate attacks by Australian troops between 8 August and 3 September 1916. Some 11,000 Australians were killed or wounded in the fighting around Mouquet Farm. The Somme offensive, also known as the battle of the Somme, which included the actions at Mouquet Farm, is the term given to series of battles fought between 1...

VALE: 2784385 2LT Timothy Andrew FISCHER

Timothy Andrew Fischer, AC, was an Australian politician and diplomat who served as leader of the National Party from 1990 to 1999. He was Deputy Prime Minister in the Howard Government from 1996 to 1999. Fischer was born in Lockhart, New South Wales. He served with the Australian Army in the Viet Nam War. RVN Service: 09/04/1968 - 28/02/1969.1st Battalion (The Big Blue One), The Royal Australian Regiment. More; http://ow.ly/vFae30poKiq Lest we forget. 2LT Tim Fischer in RVN

Why 18 August?

Vietnam Veterans' Remembrance Day is commemorated on that day every year. Originally known as Long Tan Day, it was chosen to commemorate the men of D Company, 6RAR who fought in the battle of Long Tan in 1966.  On that day, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought a pitched battle against over 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation not far from the small village of Long Tan. The Australians prevailed, but only after fighting in...

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