To commemorate the Centenary of Anzac (2014-2018) the City of Ballarat, with the generous support of local institutions, committees, associations and individuals, launched a mobile website titled ‘Honouring Our Anzacs’. This easy to navigate platform enables access to the stories behind the 3,801 brave Ballarat men and women who fought for our country’s freedoms during the Great War. This mobile website is designed to enable access to the information available for those who have a memorial tree planted along the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.
While every effort has been made to ensure the information on this platform is complete, we seek the support of those who have in their possession the stories and photographs of those along the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.
If you have any information and particularly photos of any of the people mentioned on this web site, please contact the Arch of Victory/Avenue of Honour Committee.
At this year’s Anzac Day service, the Arch of Victory/Avenue of Honour Committee remembered the Avenue’s youngest soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.
In order to enlist, young men needed to be at least 18 years of age but it is well known that many overstated their age in order to join up. Recent research has identified 20 soldiers aged 18 or younger who made the supreme sacrifice in World War 1. The youngest of these was 16 year old Harold Bell who served under the name of Harold Wickham. He was wounded in the famous charge at Beersheba and died of his wounds on the following day, November 1st 1917. Kenneth McNamee was just 15 when he enlisted, but his gallantry as a company runner at Pozieres in 1916 earned for him a Military Medal. He was killed at Bullecourt in April 1917 aged just 17.
Committee President, Garry Snowden, said as part of the service two senior students will call the names of the 20 young men, and any citizens wishing to lay a tribute will be welcome to do so. “By having their names read aloud we believe we are genuinely remembering their service and sacrifice. The service will also include a couple of short, poignant readings.”
The boy soldiers being remembered are Harold Bell (Wickham), Albert Boyce, Edward Brownfield, Will Campbell, Frederick Clotz, Thomas Copperwaite, James Daly, James Eady, William Edmends, Arthur Grigsby, Robert Laverick, Ernest McLeod, Kenneth McNamee, Walter Monteith, Reginald Mounsey, Dave Powell, Henry Stevens, Sydney Wade, Joseph Webb and Leslie Worthington.
The photos of Gallipoli headstones included on this website are provided courtesy of the Spirits of Gallipoli project.