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    Posted: 20 Apr 2007 at 10:43am

During the First World War, 121,324 walers were sent overseas from Australia.  Only one waler is known to have been returned to Australia; "Sandy", the mount of Major-General W T Bridges, who died at Gallipoli in May, 1915 was sent back home for the funeral of his master. Sandy was in fact a thoroughbred stallion as at that time the waler was not a breed but a type. Many veterans of the Light Horse have gone on record stating that leaving their trusty steeds behind was one of the toughest things they had to do in the war.

A poem by "Trooper Bluegum" sums up the men's sentiment:

I don't think I could stand the thought of my old fancy hack
   Just crawling round old Cairo with a 'Gyppo on his back.
Perhaps some English tourist out in Palestine may find
   My broken-hearted waler with a wooden plough behind.

No: I think I'd better shoot him and tell a little lie:--
   "He floundered in a wombat hole and then lay down to die."
May be I'll get court-martialled; but I'm damned if I'm inclined
   To go back to Australia and leave my horse behind.

From Australia in Palestine, 1919

Returned soldiers, who, due to quarantine and army economies, had to leave their horses behind, erected a monument in Sydney "by members of the Desert Mounted Corps and friends, to the gallant horses who carried them over the Sinai Desert into Palestine, 1915 - 1919.  They suffered wounds, thirst, hunger and weariness almost beyond endurance, but they never failed.  They did not come home".

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Excellent and timely post Riceman
The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.
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Originally posted by Cords Cords wrote:

Excellent and timely post Riceman
 
Too true.  On a couple of levels.
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What a fantastic poem. Excellent post.
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Generally we forge ted post the latter and appointment lunch and dinner, but we remembered the good date of won prize.Many veterans of the Light Horse have gone on record stating that leaving their trusty steeds behind was one of the toughest things they had to do in the war.
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can i boost this up to the front, just after 11th day of 11th month, rememberance day ?
has anyone heard that song ?  i cant recall its name, something like, do they think we dont know ?
about the horses, left behind.
there should be a memorial to these horses.
there is a waler memorial in Tamworth. has anyone seen it ? david evans worked tirelessly to get it there.
its a beautifull statue of horse and trooper.
we should never forget the horses in our wars.

animals before people.
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Lest we forget.
All our service men and women.
And all the animals who served . 
And are still serving.
Lets make the Invictus Games , coming to Australia later this year, something to be proud of. 
100 years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front.   Lets remember what these brave men gave their lives for, and keep Australia the way they fought and died for.
Their generation is almost gone, and I dont think any other generation will ever have the morals and courage those blokes did. 
Lest we forget.

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Originally posted by acacia alba acacia alba wrote:

Lest we forget.
All our service men and women.
And all the animals who served . 
And are still serving.
Lets make the Invictus Games , coming to Australia later this year, something to be proud of. 
100 years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front.   Lets remember what these brave men gave their lives for, and keep Australia the way they fought and died for.
Their generation is almost gone, and I dont think any other generation will ever have the morals and courage those blokes did. 
Lest we forget.


           



























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Well said.



I am absolutely appalled by the following.


SHOCKING video has emerged of teenagers taking floral wreaths from the Box Hill War Memorial site.

The video shows the group laughing and swearing as they haul away the wreaths placed in our honour of Australian servicemen and women.

The expletive-ridden footage shows a teen running away from the bare cenotaph with an armful of floral tributes.

A female voice can be heard saying: “Oh look how many *** got!”

The footage was captured by one of the youths and shared on Snapchat. It has then been uploaded online where it has attracted widespread criticism.

Victoria Police have been notified.

The memorial site has this morning been restored, with the wreaths replaced underneath the cenotaph ahead of tomorrow’s Anzac Dawn service.


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Lest We Forget.
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Lest We Forget
Those who know don't tell, Those who tell don't know
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STRIKE WHILST THE IRON IS HOT

reductio ad absurdum

The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least.

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Anzac Day is to me and my extended family a very sad and solem day. I think if my gentle Grandfather who fought at Gallipoli, nearly died there and mourned for his mates who didn't make it for the rest of his life. I think of his brother who fought on the Western Front, was severely injured and was left with a bad facial disfigurement. He came home to have the wife he adored leave him, he couldn't get a job because of his injury and he committed suicide in 1921. I think of my Grandmothers two cousins who died within a day of one another at Ypres. Their Grandmother never recovered from their loss and died in 1919 of a broken heart the family story goes . I think of OH's Grandfather who was in the Lighthorse, never spoke about his war until his great old age when he would talk about his beloved mare Blossom who he of course couldn't bring home. And all this is from only one family , multiply by the entire country you get some of why there had to be some sort of Remberance Day for what the country went through . Sad , sad sad. Sorry for the rant but it is an important day in our family.
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Thanks for sharing Baguette.
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A very moving piece Baguette, and my thoughts are with you and your family.
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Originally posted by Baguette Baguette wrote:

Anzac Day is to me and my extended family a very sad and solem day. I think if my gentle Grandfather who fought at Gallipoli, nearly died there and mourned for his mates who didn't make it for the rest of his life. I think of his brother who fought on the Western Front, was severely injured and was left with a bad facial disfigurement. He came home to have the wife he adored leave him, he couldn't get a job because of his injury and he committed suicide in 1921. I think of my Grandmothers two cousins who died within a day of one another at Ypres. Their Grandmother never recovered from their loss and died in 1919 of a broken heart the family story goes . I think of OH's Grandfather who was in the Lighthorse, never spoke about his war until his great old age when he would talk about his beloved mare Blossom who he of course couldn't bring home. And all this is from only one family , multiply by the entire country you get some of why there had to be some sort of Remberance Day for what the country went through . Sad , sad sad. Sorry for the rant but it is an important day in our family.

Baguette, sorry just got to read this post, fabulous, in a very sad way......I have an uncle buried in the war graves near Ravenna Italy, he was shot in the legs, lay still for hours only to be killed the minute he put his head up to call for help.....I never met him of course, he was only 22 when he died, my Dad and his other brother were all effected injury wise, My Dad was a champion athlete, held a national record, had his leg blown to bits and it stopped his Olympic dream, my other uncle was captured in Egypt and spent 4 years in a POW camp in Germany......he never resented his captors, he was a humble and lovely man.....God bless our beautiful dead, although dead is a defeated word, these men and women never die in the minds and hearts of us all, we are here because of their bravery and commitment and we shall never. ever forget.
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