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Bay to Battlefield

From the Bay to the Battlefield is a WW1 Commemoration project honouring the Military Service of the men and women who once lived in Holdfast Bay. Bay to Battlefield is an extension of the exhibition at the Bay Discovery Centre in 2014. The project was funded by the Australian Government's ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program.

From the Bay to the Bay to Battlefield April 2018  

  • Site: Coles Wall, Hindmarsh Lane, Glenelg: For its WW1 Memorial, Glenelg chose an addition to the North West corner of the Town Hall. This acted as a tribute to the fallen and was used as clubrooms for those who returned. The Chinese themed 1923 carnival was a fundraiser for the project. The memorial hall remains today, a fitting tribute to those who served and to the generous citizens whose contributions ensured their boys would never be forgotten.
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  • Site: Old Gum Tree Reserve, Glenelg North:  Lance Sergeant Percy John Vawser, Fireman. Son of Emma Vawser, 27 Chancery Lane (now Sturt Street), Glenelg. Enlisted 1 July 1915. Served with the 32nd Battalion in Egypt and on the Western Front. Wounded in Action twice. Awarded 1914/1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
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  • Site: Cnr Augusta and Soal Street, Glenelg: Sister Ella Jane Tucker, Nurse. Resided Farrell Street, Glenelg. Enlisted 27 November 1914. Served with the Royal Australian Army Nursing Service on the Hospital ship ‘Gascon’, the Second Australian General Hospital Wimereux, France and various military hospitals in England. Awarded Royal Red Cross Second Class for valuable war service, 1914/1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
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  • Site: Pump Station Esplanade, Glenelg:  Corporal Cyril St Clair Le Messurier, Warehouseman.  Enlisted 10 December 1914 Served with the 10th Battalion at Gallipoli and the Western Front. Hospitalized twice at Gallipoli and Wounded in Action twice in France. Invalided to Australia September 1918. Awarded 1914/1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
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  • Site: Pump Station Esplanade, Somerton Park: Sacred Heart College Cadets, 1917. Cadet training was compulsory for all Australian schoolboys over the age of 12 prior to and during WWI. More than 92,000 skilled ex-cadets were ready for enlistment at the outbreak of war.  Three hundred and six Sacred Heart old Scholars served in the Great War, of those 24 died. None of the boys in this image were old enough to enlist.  
    L-R: Jack Dawson, Sam Barrett, Tom Canny, (name unknown), Wal Neagle and Henry Kennedy.  Image Courtesy Sacred Heart College.
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  • Site: Pump Station Brighton Esplanade: Campaign Buttons popularly known as ‘tinnies’ were sold to raise funds for various WWI causes. Produced for the people of Seacliff and likely sold by the Seacliff Cheer-Up Society to raise funds for ‘their boys’ serving overseas. Violet Day aimed to honor those involved in the Gallipoli campaign. Violets and buttons were sold in the streets. It gave way to the red poppy and Remembrance Day in the early 1920s.
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  • Site: Brighton Library: Members of the cadet cycle corps assembled with their bicycles on the beach at Brighton, circa 1911. During WWI, the Australian Cycling Corps was formed in Egypt in 1916 as part of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). They fought on the Western Front in France and Belgium. Used mainly as despatch riders, they also conducted reconnaissance and patrols. These cadets, photographed four years before the outbreak of war, were likely old enough to enlist.  Image courtesy SLSA PRG 280/1/3/66.
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  • Site Edge cafe - Jetty Road, Brighton: The South Australian Light Horseman on exercise, Brighton Road Seacliff 1914. Approximately 17,000 South Australian horses were sent to the Front during WWI. Many, like those pictured, were trained at the No 9 Remount depot, Glenthorne, O’Halloran Hill. None of the horses returned home.  Image courtesy SLSA PRG 280/1/14/246.
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  • Site: Enuf Burger, Jetty Road, Brighton: Postcards. Mothers of Brighton would have sent postcards similar to this to their boys at the front. Approximately 120 boys enlisted from Brighton in WWI and, of those, 22 were killed in action or died of wounds or disease. Image courtesy Josephine Allen.
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For copies of these photographs please contact the Holdfast Bay History Centre on 8229 9916.

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