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Centenary Commemoration at Arch of Victory

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Arch of Victory Committee Member Garry Snowden addressing the assembled crowd at last week’s commemorative service.

LAST Wednesday, October 4, Ballarat remembered its second worst day of WW1.

The Arch of Victory Avenue of Honour Committee held a commemorative service on the centenary of the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge, Passchendaele in Belgium.

Just before dawn on October 4th 1917, Anzac forces launched an assault on German held Broodseinde Ridge.

The Anzacs ultimately prevailed in the subsequent battle and the Germans were driven off the ridge, but it was a victory that came at a terrible cost.

Over 6000 Australians became casualties, among them were a significant number of Ballarat and district men who were killed in action or died of wounds received on that day Only the ill-fated charge at Fromelles in July 1916 claimed more Ballarat men in a 24 hour period.

On Wednesday every one of the local men was remembered, their name called in a short but solemn ceremony.

The names of Ballarat’s Anzacs either killed on that day or wounded during the battle and dying later of wounds:

BARRETT William Horne

BASTOW Harry Cyril

BAWDEN Frederick Percival Lancelot

COOPER Leonard

DARLING Reuben Godfrey

DAY Spencer Frederick

DOBLIE Leslie (DOBLEY)

FINLAYSON Thomas Claude

FULLER Jarvis Bunting

GILBERT John Heber Leoplod

GREENBANK James Leslie

GRIGSBY Arthur Thomas

JOLLY Henry

LEIGH Victor Leitherlands

LONIE Stanley McLean

MARDLING Farnel George

MARDLING James Wilfred

MONTEITH Walter

NESBITT Teele Henry

(CROSS Thomas)

OPIE Elgar Watts

PEARCE Joseph William

ROWE Thomas Henry

ROWSELL Alfred John

SLOCOMBE Bernard Griffiths

SMITH Arnold James

STEELE William Hamlet

STEPHENS Frank George

STRANGE William Henry

SULLY George Mathew

TREZISE James Alfred

TUCKER Alfred Ernest

VINCENT Leslie Allen

WELSH Stanley Silvester

WHITFIELD Henry Howard