Two days ago, Sunday 20 December 2015, marked the 100th anniversary of the last of the ANZACs evacuation from Gallipoli. It was heralded as a masterstroke in, what was otherwise, a disastrous campaign.
ABC News has published an article today titled, WWI anniversary: Soldier William Scurry honoured for devising drip rifle used in Gallipoli evacuation which describes what happened and why back in December 1915.
“A plucky young Lance Corporal, William Charles Scurry (and Buntie Lawrence), with a passion for inventions and modelling, devised the delayed action rifle, or drip rifle, that would allow soldiers to creep away without raising the suspicion of the Turkish enemy.”
Separately, there is also a 15 minute Australian War Memorial audio recording of an interview with Buntie Lawrence. The interview was recorded in 1982 and in that interview, Buntie even refers to returning to Gallipoli in 1965 for the 50th anniversary.
Vietnam – 50th anniversary at Long Tan on 18 August 2016
18 August 2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. After the formal, low key ceremony at the Long Tan Cross, a Gala Dinner will be held at the Pullman Hotel Vung Tau. The commemorative dinner will be a celebration of two peoples coming together in a spirit of reconciliation and friendship.
The Media Release states that “an organizing committee made up of several veterans has been established to hold a Gala Dinner next year on 18 August 2016 in Vung Tau. In attendance will be 40 Vietnamese members and several guests of honor from Australia including Lt Col Harry Smith SG MC (Ret), WO Keith Payne VC (Ret) and Daniel Keighran VC, and members from all branches of the Australian military veterans.
- WWI anniversary: Soldier William Scurry honoured for devising drip rifle used in Gallipoli evacuation 22 December, 2015, ABC News
- Audio recording of interview with Buntie Lawrence, 21 November, 1982, Australian War Memorial
- Long Tan 50th Anniversary, Gala Dinner: Official website and Organiser’s Media Release on AusCham’s Website.
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