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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  • Profile picture for John Joseph Browne

    Born 1889

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 806A Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Walter Patrick Gilsenan

    Born 1895

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6025 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Clifford Norman Touzel

    Born 1897

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 1790

    Australian Imperial Force 1790A Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Charles Edwin Berry

    Born 1886

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 3417 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for James Newman Brealey

    Born 1898

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5998 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Eric Duce

    Born 1894

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 3451 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Joshua Radway

    Born 1895

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 2078 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for William Henry Watson

    Born 1899

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6121 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Charles Robert Lewis

    Born 1895

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 1298 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for William Henry Adams

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 4746 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for George Mcwhinney

    Born 1885

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 405 Sergeant 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Claude Colin Bruce Sowton

    Born 1896

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 3043 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Nelson Victor Page

    Born 1882

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6565 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Mervyn Daniel Payne

    Born 1897

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5770 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Harold Thorp

    Born 1885

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 1334 Lance Corporal 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Darcy Wersley Forrest

    Born 1894

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6017 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Hubert Clement Clues

    Born 1891

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 652 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Henry Alfred Horsman

    Born 1894

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 1046 Sergeant 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Henry Edward Mccarthy

    Born 1887

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5379 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Alfred Arthur Rouse

    Born 1889

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5415 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.