16th at Bullecourt, the fallen

16th at Bullecourt, the fallen

On the 11th of April 1917, Australian forces attacked a sector of the Hindenberg line between Bullecourt and Queant. The 16th Battalion A.I.F. was one of four Battalions of the 4th Brigade involved in the attack. The initial advance was successful with the Brigade taking it's 1st and 2nd objectives into the 2nd line German trenches albeit with many casualties. However the hold was tenuous, enfilading machine gun fire made resupply impossible and the attackers soon began to run out of ammunition. A succession of fierce counterattacks eventually drove the Australians back to their own lines, by this time 75% of the 16th were either wounded or dead. The 16th went into the fight with 20 officers and 797 other ranks, the battalion lost in this one day's fighting 17 officers and 623 other ranks, dead, wounded and prisoners of war. The losses in the 4th Brigade as a whole were similarly high, 79 officers and 2,260 other ranks. This community remembers those men of the 16th who were killed in action on that fateful day or like my G-G-Uncle died of wounds received within the next few days.

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  • Born 1897

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5742 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 18th Reinforcements

  • Profile picture for Robert Sparks

    Born 1889

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 1861 Lance Sergeant 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for George Hislop Lockwood

    Born 1891

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 1761 Private 32nd Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 2nd Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 1761 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Ernest Carter

    Born 1894

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6496 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Herbert Oscar Brown

    Born 1895

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6482 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

    Australian Imperial Force 6482 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

  • Profile picture for William Elliott Main

    Born 1893

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6057 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Charles Knightly Wise

    Born 1894

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 1874 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Bertie Hartnup

    Born 1898

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6272 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Rueben Nichol Nottage

    Born 1892

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 3059 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for William Henry Milburn

    Born 1891

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6295 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Alfred Christopher Daniel Sims

    Born 1895

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5430 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Reginald Dunderdale

    Born 1893

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 49 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for James Carter Potts

    Born 1891

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6250 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Victor Jonathon Keer Stewart

    Born 1887

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5974 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Alfred Shorten

    Born 1885

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6096 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Richard Whitford

    Born 1893

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 2942 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Edward Joseph Dyer

    Born 1898

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6255 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Roy Peters

    Born 1895

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 1202 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for William Ernest Trenorden

    Born 1892

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 1044 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Harry Togomah Jenkins

    Born 1897

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 2488 Lance Corporal 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.