Sunday, April 25, 2010

Anzac Day, 2010

My 'Pa-Pa'
2/2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Palestine, 1941
Aged 37, in photo
Also fought in New Guinea
Survived the war, passed away when I was 19
Never spoke about the war... not once
Can't imagine what he went through
RIP 'Pa-Pa' xx

More info about my Pa-Pa's duties HERE.


  1. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

  2. So young, A-M. Thanks for sharing this - I always appreciate hearing personal stories on Anzac Day. Lest we forget.

  3. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

  4. I can't imagine what he went through either. It's a very special day.

  5. It is so hard to comprehend what they might have been through. They will be remembered.

  6. Lovely tribute A-M
    My dad survived the war also... it is strangely quiet and much cooler here today.... a hushed tone all round... Here to the memory of our loved ones.. xx Julie

  7. My husbands grandfather fought in the same battalion in New Guinea, was MIA for a couple of years. Its something he rarely spoke of either, only started to tell my husband a few tales a few months before he passed away.

    Lest We Forget xx

  8. How different things are today, your Pa-Pa was from a different generation of men where words were almost the enemy of their emotions. Such a gracious tribute from a loving grand-daughter.
    Millie ^_^

  9. I have been thinking of all of my Australian friends this ANZAC day and observed my own moment of silence here in Canada. You have a courageous family A-M. Must be something in the genes....


  10. Nice Pa-Pa! I can see why you are so proud of him. My FIL was in the US Army and serviced in France and Germany (behind the enemy lines) during WWII. He never talked about it either. Many of his buddies didn't make it home. They were the Greatest Generation.

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)

  11. So sad that 3 NZ airforce personal lost their lives today in a airforce helicopter crash on their way to commemorations.

  12. my lovely Grandad has never spoken a word about the war until recently. He is in the early stages of dementia, and has started talking about his experiences, his mates, the loss, the terror, the pain, and the pride.
    We have very brave ancestors. We're the lucky ones.

  13. yes I lost a couple of great uncles to WW1, one of them 19yo, not married yet, died flying a plane over france, such a waste of life...

  14. My husband's uncle lost his life at the age of 18 on D-Day. He was a RAAF pilot and was part of the D-Day invasions but never made it to France. He is buried in Bayeux. Lest we forget.

  15. One of my grandfathers was an RAAF pilot, and the other was a Rat of Tobruk. Both returned, and neither ever spoke a word of their time served. The only insight we have into the hell they suffered are some barely legible scrawled journals from the trenches and tunnels of Tobruk. One of these days, I'll transcribe every last word.

    Lest we forget.

    xx Kit


Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx