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"This war is a sorry thing for Australia..."
George Holt Henderson Smith (above left) and Chris Forrest (above right) enlisted in the AIF at Blackboy Hill, Western Australia in the August of 1914. Chris was twenty, George nineteen.
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John Edward HILL - RTA - ID# Not yet identified
He was known as Jack and J.E. and worked as an iron turner in England before migrating to Australia.
We are yet to identify young John Hill in the 11th Battalion Cheops photo.
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Crispin was the sixth of eleven children born to William and Sarah Battye, with three sisters and seven brothers, although four of the children died in infancy. All the children were born in the Hindmarsh area.
His father William had a younger brother also named Crispin Kenworthy Battye.
It is likely that with a large family, the children’s education was fairly basic.
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LAMERTON, Lt. George Arthur M.C. - KIA - ID# 456
Corporal George Arthur LAMERTON 565 embarked from Fremantle per Ascanius (A11) with E Company. He has been identified as ID# 573 in the Cheops photo.
Corporal Lamerton was promoted to Lieutenant and was distinguished through his action on the Western Front where he earned the Military Cross.
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Lt. David Henderson MacDonald - KIA - ID# 694
David Henderson MacDonald was born on 27th April 1889, the third of the four children of William and Kate (nee Henderson) MacDonald.
David's family had migrated from Scotland to Newtown, New South Wales in the late 1880s.