My British Grandfather, Henry (Harry) Eden Crout served with the “Canadian Expeditionary Force” in France, for the entirety of World War 1. He led the Regimental Band on the “Somme” and elsewhere in the collecting of bodies, burying the dead and sounding their “final salute”… too sad    😦
Will we ever stop the Warmongers, and their supporters, whom benefit from this carnage?


11 thoughts on “ANZAC DAY 2014

  1. I have to hope that one day people will see they can’t continue this carnage. So many of our young men are buried when we could be building a better world based on their ideas.
    I hope we’re not being prodded into war again at the moment.

    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    • Absolutely right David. We have an ANZAC furore building as the 100th Anniversary of that bloodshed and carnage approaches. I wish it were remembered more for Churchill’s deadly policy, the stuff up in landing our lads in the wrong place… right in the line of fire etc… The deadly decisions of the “leaders” continued into the 2nd World War with Churchill refusing to release our seasoned troops, fighting in the Middle East, so they could come back to protect Australia as the Japanese landed in New Guinea and advanced down the Kokoda Track toward Australia. Instead the young untrained lads my mum grew up with were conscripted and sent to Kokoda to give the Japs something to shoot at. My mum described them as “cannon fodder”. Then we won’t even talk about the USA Gen McArthur, and our Oz Generals, whose focus was the Phillipines and refused to accept the intelligence coming out of New Guinea. I sometimes fear that our younger generations are being “groomed” for war, rather like paedophiles grooms their targets… 😡
      Off my soapbox now, can feel my blood pressure rising and don’t want to bring on another stroke… 😯 I’ll focus on something happy now and cheer myself up… Reckon looking at a photo of your beautiful Grandson, Reuben, will do it for me :smile

  2. I don’t have a very good idea of how the British Empire was organized years ago. I’m surprised that your grandfather–who I think lived in Australia–was part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

    • Oh… I never knew my dad’s father Sheryl. He was a musician in the 2nd Dragoon Guards from the time he was a lad and married my Grandmother just before leaving for the Boer War with the British Army. Long story to short… he was in South Africa for many years, came back and fathered dad then skipped “across the pond” to Canada and had another family over there, joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force, spent almost the entire War in France and took R&R in England. I think this is how dad knew his father but don’t know if he knew the rest of the story which I’ve only recently unearthed. Managed to find my Canadian cousins 🙂 and we don’t care what prob the Grannies had… we’re just happy to have found each other.
      Dad never intended to stay in Australia. He was only 16 years old and lured out here by the “Dreadnought Scheme” which was bringing English lads to work on the farms (cheap slave labour) to replace the manpower killed in the War. He planned to make his fortune and take it back to his “mam” in England but she died only 3 years later 😦 He said that he then had nothing to go home for. Dad’s story is on this blog and titled “Dad the Dreadnought Boy” if you want to check it out. Cheerio for now…

      • Wow, what a story! Your family history is the stuff of novels. It’s interesting all the twists and turns that life takes, and how people often end up living in places where they never intended to stay. It’s awesome that you found your Canadian cousins.

  3. Wonderful post Catherine; you echo the feelings of people (especially mothers) everywhere. I hope you are feeling better. Take care 🙂

    • Thankyou Su… this affects me on so many levels, particularly as my Grandfather’s role was to collect and bury the dead and lead the regimental band in the final farewell. My Canadian cousin sent a newspaper clipping, from a Canadian newspaper, of Grandfather leading the band through the crowds and back to the barracks at the end of the Battle of the Somme… so, watching those musicians does send an extra shiver through me. Feeling a little better thanks ❤

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