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Kenneth Laird

When Kenneth Laird enlisted he was 26 and newly married to Mary Laird. Prior to enlisting, he was a farmer at Calivil who was well-known as a talented footballer for the Calivil Football Club and a long-distance runner. He was the fourth son of Donald and Isabell. His late father, Donald Craig Laird had been an East Loddon Shire councillor.

Charles Alfred Crapper

Charles Alfred Crapper of Tandarra served as a signaller, providing signals and communications between his company and the headquarters. He was part of ‘Jacka’s Mob’

Hugh James Mullen

Hugh was the first Australian in WWI to die on British soil.

Leonard Doody

Leonard Doody’s heroic act in Villers Bretonneux earned him a distinguished conduct medal.

Herbert Doody

The Doody family made a great contribution for Australia in World War One by sending three sons to serve in the war; Herbert, John (Jack) and Walter. Unfortunately, only Herbert and John returned.

John Grylls

ANZAC Cyclist and Regimental Sergeant Major

John Grylls was amongst the first to enlist for service in World War One. At 28 years of age, he signed up on the 19th of August 1914 and was allocated to the 4th Light Horse Regiment. As John had served three years already with the Mitiamo Light Horse, he was given the rank of Sergeant.

Charles Crapper

Charles’ mining experience came in handy at Gallipoli. He set about digging to try and locate fresh drinking water for his unit. In Turkey, the days were hot and fresh water was in short supply. It is likely that this digging contributed to Charles’ poor health and ultimately his death.

Robert Henry Adam

Robert ‘Chap’ Adam enlisted at age 26 and joined the 38th Battalion alongside his mates from Bears Lagoon.

Benjamin George Buckland

Ben was a brave runner in World War One. He carried messages across the field to flank companies, dodging bullets as he did his work. He carried on until he was utterly exhausted.

Florence Emily Grylls

Trailblazer and passionate advocate for children’s health.

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