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George Cartwright, VC

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 31 AUG 1918: World War I and Private (later Captain) George Cartwright, 33rd Battalion, originally from London, earns the Victoria Cross at Rood Wood near Peronne. Cartwright was born in South Kensington, London, on 9 December 1894 to William Edward Cartwright, a coach trimmer, and his wife Elizabeth (née Stracey). He attended the local […]

Battle of Mont St Quentin

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 31 AUG 1918: World War I and the Battle of Mont St Quentin begins. Mont St Quentin, overlooking the town of Péronne, was the scene of a famous Australian action under the leadership of Lieutenant General Sir John Monash. The depleted Australian divisions won an impressive victory against the German defenders, capturing some 2,600 […]

Charles Bean Dies

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 30 AUG 1968: Death of Captain Charles Edwin Woodrow (C E W) Bean. Charles Bean did more than any other individual to establish the Australian War Memorial. Australia’s official war correspondent during the First World War, Bean wrote six volumes of the Official History of Australia in the war of 1914–1918 and edited the […]

Hugo Throssell, VC

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 30 AUG 1915: World War I and 2nd Lieutenant (later Captain) Hugo Vivian Hope Throssell, 10th Light Horse Regiment, originally from Northam, Western Australia, earns the Victoria Cross at Hill 60, Gallipoli. Hugo Throssell was born in Northam, Western Australia on 26 October 1884, the son of former Premier of Western Australia George Throssell. […]

Bruce Kingsbury, VC

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 29 AUG 1942: World War II and VX19139 Private Bruce Steel Kingsbury, 2/14th Battalion, originally from Melbourne, Victoria, earns the Victoria Cross at Isurava, New Guinea. It was a posthumous award. Bruce Kingsbury, soldier and real-estate agent, was born on 8 January 1918 in Melbourne, second child of English-born parents Philip Blencowe Kingsbury, estate […]

Samuel Pearse, VC, MM

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 29 AUG 1919: World War I and Sergeant Samuel George Pearse, MM, 45th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (ex-AIF), originally from Glamorganshire, United Kingdom, earns the Victoria Cross north of Emsta, North Russia. It was a posthumous award. Sam Pearse (1897-1919) came to Victoria from Wales when only young. He enlisted in the AIF before he […]

Mouquet Farm Attack

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 26 AUG 1916: World War I and the 6th Australian Brigade attacks Mouquet Farm on the Somme. Mouquet Farm, near Pozières, was the focus of nine separate attacks by Australian troops between 8 August and 3 September 1916. Some 11,000 Australians were killed or wounded in the fighting around Mouquet Farm. The Somme offensive, […]

VALE: 2784385 2LT Timothy Andrew FISCHER

Timothy Andrew Fischer, AC, was an Australian politician and diplomat who served as leader of the National Party from 1990 to 1999. He was Deputy Prime Minister in the Howard Government from 1996 to 1999. Fischer was born in Lockhart, New South Wales. He served with the Australian Army in the Viet Nam War. RVN […]

Why 18 August?

Vietnam Veterans’ Remembrance Day is commemorated on that day every year. Originally known as Long Tan Day, it was chosen to commemorate the men of D Company, 6RAR who fought in the battle of Long Tan in 1966.  On that day, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought a pitched battle against over 2,000 North […]

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