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Bay to Battlefield

From the Bay to the Battlefield, is a World War 1 commemoration project funded by the Australian Governments ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program. Visit sites in and around Holdfast Bay, discover large scale imagery, and read the unique stories of the men and woman who served in WW1, and once lived in Holdfast Bay.

Latest update: From the Bay to the Battlefield has won a highly commended MAGNA 2016 (Museums and Galleries National Award) From the Bay to the Battlefield is a WW1 Commemoration project honouring the Military Service of the men and women who once lived in Holdfast Bay. Bay to Battlefield is an extension of the exhibition at the Bay Discovery Centre in 2014. The project was funded by the Australian Government's ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program.  

  • Site: Coles Wall  Hindmarsh Lane, Glenelg By the end of 1915, all four sons of Annie and Marcelin Chabrel of Glenelg had enlisted in WWI. After the death in Gallipoli of Frank Chabrel the family, including Madge Chabrel, became heavily involved in the Glenelg Cheer-Up Society which aimed to support soldiers who were embarking or returning from the battlefields of the Great War.
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  • Site: Glenelg Town Hall More than 3,000 Australian civilian nurses volunteered for active service during WWI. By war's end, having faced the dangers and demands of wartime nursing and taken on new responsibilities and practices, nurses had proven themselves essential to the military medical service. Click Here Image courtesy SLSA B26285/138, Souvenir of Army Nurses Day 1917
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  • Site Beach House -Adjacent Glenelg Town Hall Private Maurice Bartley Carpenter Son of G. Bartley of Alison Street, St. Leonards, Glenelg Enlisted 14 September 1914  Served with the 16th and 10th Infantry Battalions Wounded at Gallipoli in 1915 and again in 1917 in Belgium Awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
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  • Site: Cnr Augusta and Soal Street Glenelg Trooper John William Pinnington Labourer Resided at 41 Washington Street (now Byron Street), Glenelg Enlisted 4 October, 1915 aged 19 Served with 3rd Light Horse Brigade and 10th Anzac Imperial Camel Corps in Egypt. Wounded in Action 19 April 1917 and discharged as medically unfit. Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. 
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  • Site: Broadway Cafe Sergeant William Joseph O’Regan Clerk Resided Rose Street, Glenelg Enlisted 28 July 1915 Served with the 12th and 52nd Australian Infantry Battalions Killed in Action 25 September, 1917 aged 23 Awarded 1914/1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
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  • Site: Pump Station Esplanade Somerton Park Sergeant Allan John Alexander Young Labourer Resided at 68 Broadstairs Street, New Glenelg (now Hastings Street, Glenelg South) Enlisted 6 December, 1915 Served with 9th and 14th Light Horse Regiments and the Imperial Camel Corps in Egypt  Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal View image

  • Site: Pump Station Brighton Esplanade War Medal Distribution at Brighton, 1920. View image

  • Site: Brighton Library Corporal George Henry DeerFarmer Lived at Brighton from 1921 Enlisted 15 September 1914, aged 29 years Served with 9th Light Horse Brigade at Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine. Wounded in Action, Abbassia 26th April 1917. Awarded 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. View image

  • Site Edge cafe - Jetty Road Brighton More than 3,000 Australian civilian nurses volunteered for active service during WWI. By war's end, having faced the dangers and demands of wartime nursing and taken on new responsibilities and practices, nurses had proven themselves essential to the military medical service. Image courtesy SLSA B26285/138, Souvenir of Army Nurses Day 1917  View image

  • Site: Enuf Burger Jetty Road, Brighton looking east, about 1915. Children on their way to a beach rally during WWI. View image

For copies of photographs please contact the Holdfast Bay History Centre on 8229 9916.

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