Stratford Historical Society and Museum

News from the Stratford Historical Society and Museum, in Stratford, Gippsland, Victoria. We are open Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm, and the fourth Sunday of the month from 2pm to 4pm. Our postal address is P.O. Box 145, Stratford, 3862.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lest We Forget

One hundred years ago today, five of the first eight men to enlist from Stratford left Australia. 

We have only just identified this photograph from the collection, that shows them at Broadmeadows prior to departure.

The men are, standing, Charlie GARDEN, Jim GARDEN and Willie MITCHELL. Seated, Albert STEWART and Herb PETERS.

Charlie GARDEN and Albert STEWART survived the war, and came home at the end a Regimental Sergeant-Major and Lieutenant respectively. Jim GARDEN was injured at Gallipoli, and invalided home in 1916. Willie MITCHELL and Herb PETERS were killed in action on Gallipoli. Willie was the first man from Stratford to die, and the first of three brothers.

Lest We Forget.


Blogger Marie Bell said...

Great photo Linda. I have never seen one of Great-Uncle Bill Mitchell. I do have a couple of Sid and Alf as little boys with their sisters Annie and Alice, if you would like copies. Cheers, Marie Bell, Maldon.

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