Remembering those relatives [siblings of my grandparents] who served in the Great War 1914-18.
Walter Patterson, second son and third child of Walter and Louie Patterson. Born 1893 and lost at Mouquet Farm in the first week of September 1916, he left a fiancee, Julia Henley of Gardner's Bay, to mourn him.
Harry Clark 1883-. Second son of Alexander and Elizabeth Clark. Lucky to survive when a bullet hit a cigarette tin in his chest pocket.
Alf Clark 1890-1966. Sixth son and my grandmother's twin brother. Wounded.
George Clark 1893-1935. Youngest son. He got a bullet in his lungs and died of TB.
Claude Cawthorn 1888-1975, youngest son of John Henry and Martha Cawthorn, survived and took over his parents' farm at Upper Wattle Grove.
Duncan McRae 1892-1959, second son of Hector and Fanny McRae. Shot in the spine at Gallipoli, the day after the landing, he hauled himself around on sticks and became a noted yachtsman.
His cousin Jack Cook, who transferred to the British army, was awarded a Military Cross in September 1916, and was killed at Cortrai in Belgium in October 1918. He was the only son of Fanny's sister, Clara.