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 William Drew

    Born 1893

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6145

    Australian Imperial Force 6624 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Stanley Edward Pettit

    Born 1891

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6078 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for David Samson

    Born 1893

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 3548 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Peter Maclean

    Born 1878

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6304 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Percy Charles Herbert Black

    Born 1877

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 170

    Australian Imperial Force Major 16th Battalion Australian Infantry, AIF

    Australian Imperial Force 170 Lance Corporal Australian Infantry, AIF 16th Australian Infantry Battalion (South Australian, West Australia)

  • Profile picture for Michael Chipper

    Born 1880

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6243 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Burban Frederick Divall

    Born 1895

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5706 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Herbert Henry Freeman

    Born 1892

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 1362 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

    Australian Imperial Force 1362 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 3rd Reinforcements

  • Profile picture for William Basil Ecclestone

    Born 1894

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 3456 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for George Henderson

    Born 1877

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 1319 Lance Corporal 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Harry Burnard

    Born 1877

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 3764

    Australian Imperial Force 4578 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for James Mccann

    Born 1889

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5756 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Walter Henry Crellin

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5702 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Herbert Winton Turner

    Born 1890

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5331 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 17th Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 5331 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for James Henry Mcalpine

    Born 1883

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6068 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Arthur Brookman Sutton

    Born 1895

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5428 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Edward Joseph Reynolds

    Born 1893

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5182 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Michael Francis Hanrahan

    Born 1889

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 2562 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Donald Goldie Clark

    Born 1896

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6493 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Horace George Poole

    Born 1897

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 3977 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.