December saw two families join us to remember family members lost in conflict. Members of Private Delmyr Gee Gosper’s family and Private Henry George Munday family participated in the ceremony and wreaths were laid remembering both soldiers.
In attendance for the first time was representatives of the Belgian War Veteran Federation – UK Branch.
Private Gosper of the 36th Battalion – 9th Brigade Australian Imperial Forces was born in Meranburn, NSW, Australia in 1895. He was one of 12 children and was originally a farm labourer in the vast area to the west of the Blue Mountains.
He enlisted on 29th August 1916 and left Sydney on HMAT Wiltshire on 7th February 1917, arriving in the UK on 11th April. He was killed in action about six miles north east of Ypres along the Menin Road between Ypres and Passchendaele on 11th October 1917. Private Gosper has no known grave and is remembered on the Australian Roll of Honour, Menin Gate, Ypres.
Private Munday was killed in action on 31st March 1916 outside of Ypres. He was 27 years old and the father of four children. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Menin Gate, Ypres.
Alan Lopez was our Standard bearer and Tom Milne paraded the Union Flag. Peter Hills performed chaplain duties and afterwards we retired to the Trench Experience to continue the stories.
Thank you to Alan Meeks and Tony McCallum for the photographs.