As we prepare to commemorate, Peter McCarthy remembers those who waited to land on the shores of Gallipoli on that fateful day of April 25, 1915.
Private John Sharp, 3rd Battalion AIF, an enlistment from Kendall was wounded in action during the landing at Gallipoli, and buried at sea the following day.
It would not be until Wednesday 25th April 1923 that the citizens of Camden Haven would first gather at the magnificent monument erected to honour those who paid the supreme sacrifice and those who served.
Canon Ritchie unveiled the memorial; he said the memorial was an honour to the people of Kendall and district, who had responded liberally towards the cost of the erection and they ought to be proud of the ANZACS.
Their names are emblazoned in stone as a tribute to their sacrifice in the thickest fight and service to their country and serve as a reminder that we must be ever vigilant, to preserve and maintain those values as Australians, they valiantly held true.
Who they were and the origin of this memorial are equally important to give meaning of time and place.
These men were the sons of families at Kendall and Camden Haven district and those employed here at the time of their enlistment from other towns.
These men grasped the standard of their father's in the thickest fight.
The Fallen on the memorial are further memorialised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in the countries where they fell.
White gravestones in military order bear the names, date of death, service number and their units. The Fallen on the monument are:-
- Private Cecil Leonard Dykes
- Lance Corporal William Hall
- Private William Thomas Knox
- Private Alexander Kelly
- Lance Sgt. David Reginald Lewis
- Driver Stanley Charles Reginald LUSTY
- Private Daniel Kannar
- Private John Sharp
- Pte Donald Arthur Smith
- Pte Ian Bossley Varnell Tillett
- Private Leo Stanley Tisdell
They are memorialized at the ANZAC Memorial Hyde Park Sydney NSW dedicated in 1934, and the Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT dedicated in 1941.
There can be little doubt these men "grasped the standard of their father's in the thickest fight."