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The flowers of the forest
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Creator : Gordon, Bruce
Source : Gordon, Bruce, D 7219(T)
Date of creation : 1995
Format : Manuscript
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A seven page essay titled 'The flowers of the forest', which describes the experiences of 10 soldiers from No. 1 Section, No. 1 Platoon, A Co, 10th Battalion from South Australia who enlisted in 1914. It describes how seven of the 10 died, either at the landing at Anzac Cove on April 25, 1915, or subsequently as a result of their war experiences, and the post-war lives of the three survivors from the group. Includes a photograph of the group without Angus Smith, who is absent.


No. 31 Arthur Seaforth Blackburn VC was born at Woodville on 25 November 1892. He received the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery during the operations at Pozieres in France. At 0530 on 23 July 1916 'he was directed with 50 men to drive the enemy from a strong point. By dogged determination he eventually captured their trench after personally leading four separate parties of bombers against it, many of whom became casualties. In face of fierce opposition he captured 250 yards of trench. Then after crawling forward with a sergeant [Sgt Inwood KIA] to reconnoitre, he returned, attacked, and seized another 120 yards of trench, establishing communication with the battalion on his left' (London Gazette, 9 September 1916). Blackburn returned to Australia on 3 December 1916. He again enlisted in World War Two and served in the Middle East before being posted to Java to take command. Blackburn was captured by the Japanese and became a prisoner of war. He survived the war and retired in South Australia, dying on 24 November 1960. Blackburn is buried in West Terrace Cemetery.

No. 33 Guy Fisher, a law clerk, was born at Adelaide on 5 November 1890. He was wounded in action on 27 April 1915 and returned to Australia. Fisher died at Mt Lofty on 27 August 1968.

No. 38 Wilfred Oswald Jose was born in China and was killed in action in France on 3 April 1917.

No. 40 Francis Herbert Stokes, a clerk, was born at North Adelaide on 13 June 1890. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 27 April 1915.

No. 41a Eric Douglas Meldrum, a civil servant, was born on 23 August 1892 in Tasmania. He received a shrapnel wound which fractured his left forearm at Gallipoli. Meldrum returned to Australia but committed suicide at Balaklava on 8 April 1922.

No. 47 Thomas Anderson Whyte was born in Unley. He was wounded on 25 April 1915 and died of his wounds on H.M.T. Gascon. He was buried at sea.

No. 159 John Rutherford Gordon was born at Gilberton on 18 June 1895. After Gallipoli he returned to Australia medically unfit in April 1916. On 1 May 1917 he enlisted in the Australian Flying corps and served in France.

No. 268 Malcolm Teesdale Smith, a clerk, was born in 1890 in Tasmania. He was killed in action on 27 April 1915 at Gallipoli.

No. 638 Philip de Quetteville Robin was born at Norwood on 19 August 1884. A bank teller, he was killed in action on 25 April 1915 at Gallipoli.

No. 1040 Angus Archer Smith, a butcher, was born in New South Wales. He received a shrapnel wound to the head on 9 October 1915 at Gallipoli. He was discharged in April 1916.

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Related names :

Blackburn, Arthur Seaforth, 1892-1960

Fisher, Guy, 1890-1968

Gordon, John Rutherford, 1895-1978

Jose, Wilfred Oswald, --1917

Meldrum, Eric Douglas, 1892-1922

Robin, Philip de Quetteville, 1884-1915

Smith, Angus Archer, 1887--

Smith, Malcolm Teesdale, 1890-1915

Stokes, Francis Herbert, 1890-1915

Whyte, Thomas Anderson, --1915

Period : 1914-1918
Further reading :

Bean, C. E. W. Gallipoli mission, Sydney : ABC Enterprises in association with the Australian War Memorial for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1990

Bean, C. E. W. Gallipoli correspondent, the frontline diary of C.E.W. Bean / selected and annotated by Kevin Fewster, Sydney : George Allen & Unwin, 1983

Brice, Chris. 'Gallipoli...hell & glory', The Advertiser, 21 April 1990, Magazine, pp. 2-3

Chambers, Stephen. Anzac : the landing, Barnsley : Pen & Sword Military, 2008

Hart, Peter. Gallipoli, Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011

Laffin, John. Damn the Dardanelles! : the story of Gallipoli, Sydney : Doubleday, 1980

Reid, Richard. A 'duty clear before us': North Beach and the Sari Bair Range, Gallipoli Peninsula : 25 April-20 December 1915, Canberra, A.C.T. : Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, 2000

Robertson, John. Anzac and Empire : the tragedy & glory of Gallipoli, [Richmond, Vic.] : Hamlyn Australia, 1990

Steel, Nigel and Peter Hart. Defeat at Gallipoli, London : Macmillan, 1994

Winter, Denis. 25 April 1915: the inevitable tragedy, St. Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press, 1994

Internet links :

Australian War Memorial See: Encyclopedia: Gallipoli

Gallipoli: The drama of the Dardanelles [Imperial War Museum, UK]

Visit Gallipoli [Department of Veterans Affairs]


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