Australian War Memorial Canberra – 10th October 2018

Australian War Memorial Canberra – 10th October 2018 62,000 Knitted and Crocheted Poppies

Australian War Memorial Canberra – 10th October 2018
62,000 Knitted and Crocheted Poppies

On Wednesday 10th October 2018, Veronica Coughlan (nee Cruice) and her husband Patrick, who now reside in Lismore, visited the Australian War Memorial to view the 62,000 knitted and crocheted poppies that have been placed there in the lead-up to the centenary of the Armistice to represent the Australian Soldiers who died in World War One,
Veronica located the names of the fallen soldiers who had connections to the Cruice family – Joseph Patrick Boyle KIA 12 Oct 1917 Passchendaele, Belgium, brothers Claude Edward Castree DOW 15 Aug 1918 12th Australian Field Ambulance Dressing Station, Villers-Bretonneux, Somme, France and John Henry Castree KIA 1 Sep 1916 Mouquet Farm, Somme, France, and Martin Coohey DOW 20 Oct 1917 17th Casualty Clearing Station, Remy Sidings, Poperinge, Belgium. She forwarded a number of photographs to our Society, including One Tree Hill, the Monash memorial, Simpson and his donkey, the panels showing the names of the fallen family members and, of course, the poppies.
On the panel bearing the name of J.H. Castree, 4 names below is that of T.F. Chambers (Thomas Francis Chambers from Mt. Pleasant KIA 26 Sep 1917 Polygon Woods, Ypres, Belgium).