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Families pray and recall sacrifice of loved ones killed in war 100 years ago

Val Davidson looks at the honour roll

UNTIL two weeks ago, Val Davidson believed only one place honoured the memory of her uncle who never returned home from the First World War. Charleville-native Private John Joseph Kenny, who is Mrs Davidson’s father’s older brother, died on his first day of battle in Gaza, Egypt, on April 19, 1917. He was only 23. Mrs Davidson had seen his ... Read More »

Raising voices for their heroes

Gallipoli choir

By Emilie Ng BEFORE sunlight breaks in Gallipoli on April 25, 34 young Queenslanders will let out their first note in a moving tribute to Australia’s First World War heroes and heroines. Students and alumni from two Brisbane Catholic schools, St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace and All Hallows’ School, flew into Turkey one week before Anzac Day to prepare for ... Read More »

A man of faith and honour

Karen Robinson

By Isaac Murphy ANZAC hero James Cameron was one of the lucky ones to make it through the First World War, but perhaps there was a saintly hand guarding him from the whistling bullets. “Lucky Jim”, as his fellow diggers called him had a close connection with a woman who would become Australia’s first saint. James was the cousin of ... Read More »

Catholic students remember Anzacs in Gallipoli

Catholic students in Gallipoli

PRIVATE Thomas Frederick Murray, a bomb thrower for the 1st Battalion in Gallipoli, died in the trenches only three days into the Battle of Lone Pine. One hundred years later, Marist College Ashgrove student Nicholas Murray, Private Murray’s great-great nephew, paid a special visit to his brave relative’s grave. Nicholas is one of 70 Queensland students, 16 from Catholic schools, ... Read More »

Faith on the frontline

Memories from war

By Emilie Ng ACROSS the sea, a young Australian venerates his finger-worn St Benedict’s medal, praying with reasonable doubt if he will ever return home from war-torn France. He rubs the medal with his left hand, all too aware that it will be the hand he depends on for the rest of his life. Private Edmond William Carmody Bourke enlisted ... Read More »

Students to thank Anzacs

Anzac tour

RENEE Drury will soon be making a “life-changing journey” to stand on the shores of Gallipoli 100 years after Australia and New Zealand soldiers landed. The student from Clairvaux MacKillop College, Upper Mt Gravatt, is one of 70 Queensland students who won Premier Campbell Newman’s Anzac Prize. The students will make an historical trip to attend the 2015 Gallipoli dawn ... Read More »

Following his father’s footsteps

Marist Father John Begg with his father's war medals

FR John Begg was six when his father died after being wounded in war, and he was later to give part of his own life in service of others in the same part of the world. Fr John was the first to find his 36-year-old father dead. It was April 29, 1946, and 68 years later Fr John remembers it ... Read More »

A moment full of hope

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the ANZAC Day Mass in St Stephenís Cathedral. ON this enormous island, with its endless coasts and waters, and in this most urbanised of all cultures, the beach occupies a very important place in the Australian psyche, not just physically but also symbolically. We can even speak in Australia of there being ... Read More »

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