ANZAC DAY by D BENNETT

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1916 ‘IRYMPLE SCHOOL.’, Mildura Telegraph and Darling and Lower Murray Advocate (Vic. : 1914 – 1918), 25 April, p. 2, viewed 24 January, 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154303876

Written by my grandmother, Dorothea Bennett aged 14

for the FIRST ANZAC DAY CELEBRATIONS 1916

IRYMPLE SCHOOL.

Anzac Day is not a day of rejoicing but a day for the commemoration of the lives of those brave soldiers who fell in that wonderful landing. After a period of training in Egypt, the Australians landed at Anzac Cove on the 25th April 1915 — a day that will live in the memory of the Australians forever, for it has caused the name of Australia to stand high throughout the world.

There has been no finer feat throughout the whole of this war than that sudden landing in the dark, and the storming of the heights of those steep formidable cliffs in scrub several feet in height, which formed such   ideal places for snipers, as the Australians found to their cost. Even that famous landing at Wolfe’s Cove on the St. Lawrence, just above Quebec, in 1759 is not to be compared in difficulty and danger to the famous landing of our brave boys. When General Sir W. R. Birdwood took over the command of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps he was asked to select a telegraphic code address for his army corps, and he selected the word ‘Anzac,’ from Australian New Zealand Army Corps. The name was then given to the beach where they landed, and the soldiers who took part in it were called Anzacs. Many Anzacs have been awarded the V.C., the D.S.O., the D.C.M., and other -orders for their heroism, but sh! the numbers that have not come under official notice.

Their heroic acts are treasured in the memory of the mate who was carried helpless and wounded into safety, with the bullets raining upon him and shells bursting overhead, or gently nursed when disease came upon him suddenly, there are many of these heroic acts that will never be known. On Thursday afternoon, April 20th, Anzac Day is to be celebrated in the State Schools. We expect one or two returned ‘Anzacs’ to come out to our school to address us. We shall have a program of patriotic choruses and solos, interspersed with addresses by Anzacs and leading citizens. The program will also include Kipling’s, and ‘O! God our help in ages past,’ then the flag will be saluted and the National Anthem sung, followed by the soldiers’ hymn. A medallion is being specially designed for school children to commemorate Anzac Day and is to be sold on April 20th. Every child should have one.

DOROTHEA BENNETT. Irymple State School, No. 317-t.

 

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About lindandsam

Linda is a poet and writer. As a mature aged student, she completed a Bachelor of Creative Writing and is now a postgraduate student at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Published in the USC Storyboard, 2015. Self-published ‘Where is Gedhum Choekyi Nyima?’ For the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 1997. She lives in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and shares her life with her partner and their four-legged fur babies Hugo and Tashi-la..

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