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.