Posted by: nestaquin | April 25, 2009

Lest We Forget

anzacThere are many things we should never pass from our collective memory about the men and boys who landed at Gallipoli on 25 April, 1915.

Along with the sacrifice and memory of those fallen we should never be allowed to forget that our elected leaders sent children to the other side of the Earth to invade another land.

This photograph of Tasmanian ANZAC Alec Campbell was taken in Egypt on his sixteenth birthday a few days before he was sent to Gallipoli in 1915.

Alec was lucky enough to survive, play some cricket in Launceston, start a family, earn a degree and live a full and productive life before passing away in 2002 aged 103. He had nine children, 30 grandchildren and 40 (and still counting) great grand children.

Many of his school-mates that accompanied him on that fateful adventure to the Dardenelles never had that luxury. They, and their potential descendants, paid the ultimate price for their naivety and the crimes of their leaders.

Lest We Forget.

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  1. I was in Ypres a couple of weeks ago and bore witness at the Menin Gate. Lest we forget is right.

  2. Well said, Nesta.

  3. lest we forget

  4. My first Anzac day. Lest we Forget.

  5. Hi Nesta,
    Some blog-ware over here pointed back in time to this poignant piece of yours.
    Have always been fascinated by how life was going on so normally prior to August 1914 and the mind set of those who thought ‘it would all be over by Christmas.’
    At the end of the 1914 season, while soldiers were being blown to pieces at Mons, the Lancashire committee sat down to work out the fixtures for the summer of 1915!
    Hope you won’t mind me pointing to this blog http://downatthirdman.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/by-train-and-tram-and-cab-they-came/ which looks at the 1912 Melbourne Test and a wonderful description of the crowd arriving:
    “As I walked down to the ground, lovers of cricket were streaming from all quarters through Yarra Park to the entrance gates. By train and tram and cab they came, and the glorious elm walk in Fitzroy Gardens seemed alive with people, many of them bronzed men from country parts beyond Benalla to the Murray …”
    How many of those fine people perished at Gallipoli just three years later?
    Third Man


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