Anzac Day

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Candlelight, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. Candlelight

    Candlelight Admiral Admiral

    Apr 12, 2000
    New Zealand
  2. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Premium Member

    Jul 23, 2001
    Howrah, Hobart, Tasmania
    On this day I will especially remember my great-uncle, Roy Figg, who was an original Anzac. He landed at Gallipoli on the evening of the first day. Six week later he was injured in the leg while advancing on the enemy he was shot in the leg. He was sent to a hospital in Greece and later on to a hospital in England. He was still on crutches when he arrived back in Australia in 1916.

    The following appeared in the Mercuy newspaper on 1 Jun 1916.

    Sadly Roy disappeared around 1919 and our family never heard from him ever again. My grandmother alway though that he must have died in the Spanish Flu epidemic and no one knew who he was.

    Roy sometimes used the surname McDermott. He hated his abusive father and Roy was close friends with the McDermott family, his half-sister had married one of the McDermotts.

    I found a 1919 death certificate for a Roy McDermott in Ballarat (father unknown, mother unknown) aged 25. Our Roy would have been 27 years old. One of Roy's half-sister had been living at Ballarat but had moved away before 1919. Maybe Roy went there thinking she still lived there?

    Roy Figg's name was later added to the War Memorial at Oatlands. My grandmother named my father Roy Harold after her missing brother.

    My grandmother had Roy's photo and medal but they were lost in the 1967 bushfires.
  3. Davros

    Davros Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Kaled bunker, Skaro
    The Pogues remembered.
  4. Naira

    Naira Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 23, 2002
    I did not know about this day but I found out this year since I have been in Brisbane for a few months (alas, I leave tomorow)... It was interesting to watch the festivities.