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 Harold Francis Spruce

    Born 1896

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5424 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for John Thomas Bleakley

    Born 1897

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6234 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Walter Royston Kemble

    Born 1894

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6281 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Victor Newman Jacobs

    Born 1892

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6046 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Daniel Martin

    Born 1895

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5149 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Cecil Hide

    Born 1889

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 3476 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Michael Meginess

    Born 1886

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5745 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Llewellyn Frank Jacob

    Born 1897

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 2491 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Edward Loftus Bentley

    Born 1895

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6478 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Victor Henry Marshall

    Born 1895

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 90 Lance Sergeant 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Fred Goodhand

    Born 1884

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6270 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for George Henry Buckingham

    Born 1877

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6237 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Born 1892

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 283 Private "D" Company

  • Profile picture for George Kamman

    Born 1890

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 3128 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for James Thompson

    Born 1886

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6342 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Stanley Allison Douglas

    Born 1887

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 3454 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Profile picture for Thomas Denteith

    Born 1874

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6251 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.