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CENTENARY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR, 1914 - 1918
CENTENARY OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR, 1914 - 1918
|Posted on May 10, 2015 at 12:30 AM||comments (931)|
From Rosebud ...
... to Hyde Park
Well we were certainly busy in the medal room at Recherche's SERVICE MEDALS MELBOURNE - check out the posts as we steadily made our way through the promises.
New orders always welcomed, but we can no longer guarantee completion of
medal mounting before ANZAC DAY 2015 - watch for updates here ...
Hoping we'll be able to take on new orders for completion before ANZAC Day
but we're still not promising yet.
We regret we are currently unable to promise finishing any new medal mounting orders
for before ANZAC Day. Next UPDATE April 14
Last week before ANZAC DAY
To enquire if we can assist you before ANZAC Day please call (03) 9486 1236
or email your request to [email protected]
Pick up from Northcote only.
So many people so very keen to wear their medals or wear those of their family member in the many marches held around the world.
Quite a privilege to be a little involved in their stories and so great to see the result of our labours being worn on the day.
Thank you for the photographs and the stories from the day,
appreciated very much.
|Posted on October 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM||comments (1208)|
The 14th Battalion Colours and Battle Honours are on display in the foyer of the St. Kilda Town Hall in the City of Port Phillip.
For the Centenary Dinner, we entered the hall adjacent to the foyer through a doorway above which was displayed the Colours of the 14th Battalion AIF.
You can read about the tradition and background of regimental colours here
Landing at Anzac
25 April 1915 - 26 April 1915
Awarded for participation in the amphibious assault, landing and consolidation of defensive positions at Anzac Cove.
06 August 1915 - 10 August 1915
Awarded for operations at Anzac between 6-10 August 1915, including the breakout, the various diversions, and operations conducted in support of the Suvla landing.
23 July 1916 - 03 September 1916
Awarded for operations conducted as part of the 1916 British Somme offensive in the vicinity of the village of Pozières, including the battle of Mouquet Farm.
03 May 1917 - 17 May 1917
Awarded for involvement in the Second Battle of Bullecourt: two weeks of bitter trench fighting which eventually, and at the cost of 2,250 Australian casualties, cleared and held part of the Hindenburg Line.
07 June 1917 - 14 June 1917
Acknowledges participation in the assault on, and occupation of, the Messines Ridge on the Western Front carried out by units of General Plumer's Second Army.
31 July 1917 - 10 November 1917
Awarded to recognise involvement in the Third Battle of Ypres, the two weeks of bitter trench fighting in Flanders in 1917 (known unofficially as the Passchendaele Offensive).
26 September 1917 - 03 October 1917
Awarded for participation in the operations to secure strongly defended German positions in the vicinity of Polygon Wood and to consolidate positions on the Menin Road Ridge. Characterised by bitter fighting and fierce German counter-attacks.
04 July 1918 - 04 July 1918
Acknowledges participation in the limited attack mounted around the village of Hamel in July 1918 as part of operations to straighten the Allied line. This honour was awarded exclusively to Australian battalions.
08 August 1918 - 11 August 1918
Awarded for involvement in operations to the east of Amiens that launched the great Allied offensive of 1918. An "all arms battle", the Allies made effective use of infantry, artillery tanks and aircraft, which led to an unprecedented advance and vast numbers of German prisoners.
8 August became known as the “black day of the German Army’
Called the "Siegfried Stellung (Line)" by the Germans, this complex system of defensive fieldworks and mutually supporting fortifications was named the "Hindenburg Line" by the Allies. This withdrawal straightened the German line, reducing its length by 25 miles and releasing 13 Divisions for service in the reserve.
|Posted on October 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM||comments (749)|
Descendants of the 14th Battalion Jacka's Mob are holding a dinner to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the 14th Battalion.
It is 50 years this October after the surviving members of Jacka's Mob held a similar luncheon.
The committee of the Descendants of the 14th Battalion Jacka's mob would be pleased if you joined them in this event which honours the outstanding sacrifice made by the men of the 14th for all Australians.
Please RSVP by October 4
|Posted on September 12, 2014 at 11:42 PM||comments (1406)|
My trip to the Western Front was planned for 2011.
In preparation for this trip I researched my great uncle’s records from the National Archives and the Australian War Memorial. I knew my great uncle very well and spent a lot of time with him until his death aged 90 in 1972 when I was 16.
At that stage I had no idea about his military history only that he served in the war and my interest only grew as I got older. I found out that he was awarded the Military Medal and Mentioned in Despatches but no-one in our family knew where his medals were.
I went to Northern France and Belgium in 2011 and retraced my great uncle’s footsteps through the war diaries on the Australian War Memorial website. I visited the Windmill site at Pozieres. Located at the memorial site in a glass information box was a photo of four unidentified gunners with a rundown of what occurred during July-August 1916.
I was stunned when I saw this photo as the gunner (2nd from right) looked the image of my great uncle. He would have been 34 at the time the photo was taken and located in the area. There were no known photos of my great uncle during the time he served in the army and the only picture I had of him was an old photo when he was aged 70. I took a photo of the information box at the Pozieres site containing the photo and continued my trip.
When I returned home I set out to prove that this man in the photo was my great uncle.
After much investigation, and with the assistance from staff from the Commonwealth War Graves/Memorials and the Australian War Memorial, the same photo was located on the AWM website in the photo collection. It was identified as C00450 with the citation below. I told my story to the AWM but they said they couldn’t change the citation under the photo acknowledging the name of my great uncle without actual proof.
Group portrait of four unidentified gunners with one of the battery of 8 inch (French) mortar guns that used to fire on the Pozieres windmill. (From the collection of 704 Driver Ernest Charles Barnes who served with the 1st Field Artillery Brigade, 21st Howitzer Brigade and 2nd Field Artillery Brigade.)
Over the next six months I came across his war medals during a clean out of a relative’s house after they had passed away, the medals had been missing for around 40 years. I already had my great uncle’s name tag, two rising suns from his uniform and return soldier’s badge which my father had in his possession.
I took the medals and other items along with the photo above (which I purchased on CD from the AWM) and the only photo I had of my great uncle in his 70s to Recherché Specialty Picture Framing in Northcote as I wanted to get the items in a display frame but I also really wanted to get photographic comparisons done to show that the gunner was indeed my great uncle.
The folk at Recherché arranged for their specialist photographer Alan Lesheim to undertake a process of identification.
We were all so thrilled to have this outcome. My next goal was to get the citation under the photo on the AWM website changed to include my great uncle’s name.
I then contacted the AWM sending on the backup documentation around the photo identification process. and later received the following response:
After examining Driver Pidoto’s service record, official war diaries and your family photograph of him in later years, the best we can say is that the man in AWM photograph is possibly him. I think I’ve explained the stringent requirements we require before we add an identification to an AWM group portrait.
However in this case we have decided to modify the caption so that it will read:
"Group portrait of four Australian artillery men with one of the battery of 8 inch (French) mortar guns that used to fire on the Pozieres windmill. (From the collection of 704 Driver Ernest Charles Barnes who served with the 1st Field Artillery Brigade, 21st Howitzer Brigade and 2nd Field Artillery Brigade.) The smiling man, second from right, is possibly 10781 Driver (Dvr) John Pidoto MM, 6th Field Artillery Brigade. Dvr Pidoto was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in laying signal wire under enemy artillery fire near Ecoust, France in April 1917"
So after a long process I achieved my goal of having my great uncle identified in the photo at Pozieres memorial site and the citation under the photo (AWM C00450) on the Australian Memorial website changed. I only hope that the other three gunners can be identified in the not too distant future.
Identifying World War I photographs for framing
By: Recherché Specialty Picture Framing 22-Jan-2014
All our work is interesting but this job was particularly engaging! Our customer Anne discovered at the Windmill site in Pozieres, a photograph that she believed was an image of her relative operating a trench mortar on the Western Front during World War I. To compare the photograph of the soldier with the image of this gent as an older man, we explored a variety of facial recognition techniques. Finally however, with the assistance of our photographic restorer and his "old school skills", it was indeed possible to verify this identification! We have now been able to combine this eloquent image from the Western Front in a framed display together with the soldier's original medals and badges. Another very happy customer and what a story this has turned out to be.
|Posted on September 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM||comments (823)|
The Centenary of WW1 has awakened our memories and emotions of the past.
The participants often chose to try and forget their experiences, and, if they spoke about it, it was only to those who had gone through the same horrors.
Their descendants are trying to preserve and understand what remains of their sacrifice.
It is not unusual at our design counter for there to be tears while discussing the presentation of these very personal items that mean so much to their owners.
As a picture framer it is essential to have or to access both correct preservation and presentation procedures, as well as understanding the nature of the contents intended for display.