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Bay to Battlefield

From the Bay to the Battlefield, is a World War 1 commemoration project funded by the Australian Governments ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program. Visit sites in and around Holdfast Bay, discover large scale imagery, and read the unique stories of the men and woman who served in WW1, and once lived in Holdfast Bay.

Latest update: From the Bay to the Battlefield has won a highly commended MAGNA 2016 (Museums and Galleries National Award) 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.  


Members of the 10th Battalion exercising their horses at Glenelg Beach, 1915.

Of the 136,000 Australian horses sent overseas during WWI only one returned to Australia.

Image Courtesy SLSA PRG 280/1/12/249

Site: Coles Wall, Glenelg

horses on beach 

Sergeant Wilfred Prior Chinner

Clerk Resided Main Road (now Brighton Road), Brighton
Enlisted 14 July 1915, aged 19 years
Served with 27th and 10th Infantry Battalions in France Killed in action 10 August 1918
Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Awarded Military Medal, 21 May 1918 for bravery at Ypres on 20 September 1917

Site: e'nuf Burger Jetty Road Brighton


Major Mervyn James Herbert - Area Officer

‘Caringa’, Brighton and Bath Street, New Glenelg
Enlisted 19 August 1914
Served in the 10th Infantry Battalion and 50th Battalion in Egypt and France
Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commended for ‘conspicuous gallantry … between 25 April and 5 May 1915’ for leading the evacuation of wounded from forward positions at Gallipoli.
Taken from Major Herbert’s Australian Army personnel record.

 Site:Pump Station, Brighton Foreshore


Lance Corporal Tom Keith Knight

Salesman, Resided in Byron Street, Glenelg
Enlisted 10 November 1914
Served with the 12th Battalion at Gallipoli and 52nd Battalion in France Wounded at Gallipoli 25 April 1915 Killed in Action in France 29 June 1916
Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, and Victory Medal

Taken from The Register, Saturday 22 July 1916

Site Somerton Park Pump station (near Roundabout -  Esplanade and Whyte Street) 


Second Lieutenant Frederick Taylor Measday

Assayer Resided at East Terrace (now Brighton Road), Glenelg
Enlisted 7 April 1915
Served with the 27th Australian Infantry Battalion Killed in action on 5 November 1916, aged 24
Mentioned in dispatches for distinguished conduct and bravery
Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal

Site: Rugless Terrace, Glenelg


Trooper Clive Roberts

Resided at ‘The Olives’, Olive Street, Glenelg Son of former Mayor of Glenelg, Alfred Roberts
Enlisted 22 February 1915
Served with the 27th Battalion and the 3rd Australian Light Horse in Egypt, Gallipoli and Palestine Killed in Action during the Battle of Rafah, Palestine, 9th January 1917 aged 20 years
Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal

 Site: Augusta and Soal Street 


Violet Day - Violet Day Postcard 1918

The first Violet Day was held on 2 July 1915. Tiny bouquets of violets, with purple ribbons printed with the words ‘In Memory’, were sold in the streets as a fundraiser when South Australia paused to honour those who died at Gallipoli. The last Violet Day was celebrated on 2 August 1970.

There are three profiles of famous faces hiding in the violet posy. Use the clues to help locate them.

Site: Glenelg Town Hall

 Violet Day postcard

Corporal George Henry Deer

Farmer- Brighton
Enlisted 15 September 1914
Served with 9th Light Horse Brigade at Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine.
Wounded in Action 1917, gunshot wound to thorax fracturing several ribs.
Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Corporal Deer is pictured in the sand dunes on Brighton beach, c. 1920.

 Site: Brighton Library

 Henry Deer
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