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Ernest John MESSENGER - RTA - ID# 380
He lived a full life...
My great grandmother’s brother Ernest was born in South Australia in 1881. He was the second eldest of the eleven children born to George and Jane Messenger. For many years, George had worked as a lumper at the Adelaide docks but when gold was discovered in Western Australia, he decided to try his luck in the Kalgoorlie goldfields. The family relocated to Western Australia in 1898 when Ernest was seventeen and George found work hauling water for the prospectors.
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Ferdinand George MEDCALF - RTA - ID# 105
... an unusually modest type of man ...
Ferdinand George Medcalf's intelligence, leadership and courage earned him a Distinguished Service Order, a mention in despatches and a recommendation for a Military Cross.
He enlisted in the 11th Battalion AIF in 1914 as a Private and was invalided back to Australia in March 1917 as a Captain.
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RSL Sunset Services - Video tributes
The RSL WA held a series of Sunset Services for soldiers who served in the 1914-1918 war.
The videos below are about or include members of the 11th Battalion, and are featured in the WAGS 11th Battalion project.
Videos courtesy Channel 7 Perth via The West Australian, used with permission.
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WAGS 11th Battalion Project - Video
Some of the men in this 8 minute video are known to be in the WW1 Cheops Pyramid photo of the 11th Battalion, others are possibly there and not yet identified.
Some of the men shown are known not to be in the photo and joined the 11th Battalion after the photo was taken. Many of these men paid the supreme sacrifice at Gallipoli, and at the Western Front.
Lest we forget.
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This video clip, from the History Teachers Association of Western Australia, gives a sense of the occasion of the departure of the 11th Battalion from Fremantle and their voyage into history.
Includes the now famous 11th Battalion Cheops photo opportunity and the Gallipoli Campaign.
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11th Bn Project - Multi-Media tributes
Click on the links below, or use the individual blog page items.
HMAS Sydney (1) v's Emden - RAN tribute
Convoy leaves Albany - AWM Film Archives
Men of the 11th Battalion - WAGS Video
11th Battalion Sails into History - HTAWA Video
The Pendant & The Lamerton Brothers - ABC Great Southern Video
Beth talks about her Dad James - Prelude to Commemoration Service at Kings Park War Memorial 10 Jan 2015
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Fleet sails to destination unknown
They travelled up the coast of WA and on November 3 picked up the two troopships, HMAT Ascanius (A11) and HMAT Medic (A7), which had embarked from Fremantle with the 11th Battalion on the 31st October.
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100 years ago today - November 9, 1914
The German raider Emden was creating havoc in the oceans, and a watch was out for her whereabouts.
News came in whilst the AIF convoy was en-route that the Emden was close by, HMAS Sydney steamed away from the convoy to tackle the menace. HMAS Sydney did battle with SMS Emden near Cocos Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean, the sea battle ended in favour of the Sydney.