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The Battle of Hamel

Remembering my Great Uncle, Private James Frederick.

As the centenary of the Battle of Hamel approaches this week, there will be many landmarks to recall. It was a successful operation under the Australian, Lieutenant General John Monash and was his first as a corps commander. It was also the first time that the troops of the United States and Australia fought side-by-side.

Closer to home, the battle on the 4th of July 1918 saw the death of my great uncle, Private James Frederick, a member of the Australian 25th Battalion. He was one of 800 Australians that died that day. At 36 years of age and a father, James could be regarded as being rather older than the average digger that day.

As the services remember the Battle of Hamel over the coming week, I shall remember the service of James. He now lies in France, among his comrades. A very long way from the Queensland home that he once knew.

Rest in Peace, James. Lest We Forget.

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