By Bruce Scates
Each year tens of hundreds of thousands of Australians make their pilgrimages to Gallipoli, France and different killing fields of the nice battle. it's a trip steeped in background. a few move looking for relatives reminiscence, looking the grave of a soldier misplaced a life-time in the past. For others, Anzac pilgrimage has develop into a ceremony of passage, a press release of what it ability to be Australian. This ebook explores the reminiscence of the good conflict in the course of the old event of pilgrimage. It examines the importance those 'sacred websites' have received within the hearts and minds of successive generations and charts the complicated responses of old and young, soldier and civilian, the pilgrims of the Twenties and ultra-modern backpacker visitors. This booklet offers voice to historical past, retrieving a bitter-sweet testimony via interviews, surveys and a wealthy archival list. leading edge, brave and sometimes deeply relocating, it explains why the Anzac legend nonetheless captivates Australians.
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1 Mrs Lyall would never visit her son’s grave. She was poor, elderly and infirm and Gallipoli, quite literally, was half a world away. But others went there for her: Brian’s comrades, his chaplain, and finally (with the war’s end) the staff of the War Graves Commission. To this day the Commission is charged with the care of that lonely cemetery by the sea. And although she could not make the journey herself she could certainly imagine it. Indeed for most of the families of some 60 000 dead, pilgrimages to war graves overseas were next to impossible; this was to be a journey of the heart, a journey of the mind.
86 Empty graves The business of honouring the dead was not confined to columns of newspaper obituaries. Even before the war had ended, families and townships, clubs, schools and businesses set about commemorating those ‘Who had made the Supreme Sacrifice’. Honour rolls were established in workshop, school and office. Initially they were intended to stimulate recruitment, but as the conflict dragged on neat crosses or jagged stars were carved by the names of those who went away. 87 War memorials have been the subject of considerable historical scrutiny, both in Australia and overseas.
Got word from the Military Authorities that he was killed on July 17th. And later on got word that it was the 19th July. Since then one of his mates wrote home to say he was a Prisoner of War in Germany, so [we] don’t know what to make of any of it. They have not sent any of his things back . . 4 Percy Blakemore’s mother suffered the same uncertainty. One by one, her letters were returned: ‘marked successively “wounded”, “killed in action” and “missing” ’. 5 Doubts like these were crippling as well as cruel.
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