Meet the 'Saints who served'

25 Apr, 2015 02:00 AM
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Front row to front line: The All Saints’ College First XV of 1910. With the exception of two boys, all served as Anzacs, with team captain Allan Blackett (holding football), killed in action at Pozieres, Belgium. Guy Kendall (on Blackett’s left) died after returning to Australia from illness contracted at the front. On Kendall’s left is Sir William Alan Fairlie-Cunninghame.
Among the stories is the report of a wounded soldier shooting himself to avoid being taken prisoner
Front row to front line: The All Saints’ College First XV of 1910. With the exception of two boys, all served as Anzacs, with team captain Allan Blackett (holding football), killed in action at Pozieres, Belgium. Guy Kendall (on Blackett’s left)

MUCH is known about the most famous old boy from All Saints' College, Bathurst, Charles (C.E.W) Bean, the official World War I historian.

The college's second headmaster was his father, Edward Bean.

The younger Bean later became instrumental in the move to establish the Australian War Memorial.

Now, respected old boy and historian Tony Cable has completed six years of research into the lives of the many old boys who served their country in the Great War.

The college was well-represented in the ranks of the fallen, with 36 former students making the ultimate sacrifice, eight of them at Gallipoli.

"Tony Cable has researched and created a collection of personal histories or dossiers on the 'Saints Who Served'," said All Saints' history teacher Wayne Feebrey.

"The project has culminated with publication on the college website of these personal histories in time for Anzac Day 2015.

"It is envisaged they will be used as teaching resources in history classes for current and future students."

Mr Feebrey said the dossiers were much more than just a stark list of names, but included personal service records, newspaper clippings, casualty and Red Cross reports.

"Tony has incorporated copies of fascinating original documents including diaries, poignant battlefront letters and heartfelt original poems in the dossiers rendering the final reports very sad and confronting," he said.

"Among the stories is the report of a wounded soldier shooting himself to avoid being taken prisoner.

"Another fascinating account features a secret service mission to the Far East in 1917 to investigate future possible Japanese intentions in the region."

Visit www.saints.nsw.edu.au

TheLand

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