Honouring one of our heroic ancestors
One hundred years ago on the 25th of April 1918 Australian soldiers fought bravely to recapture the French town of Villers-Bretonneux in the Somme. This battle was strategically significant contributing to events that led to the end of the First World War.
Maggie Stowers in her address at the Anzac Day Dawn Service held in Queenscliff. “Today in the town of Villers-Bretonneux, a group of students from the local primary school will honour a Queenscliff WWI soldier.
The children made a film about the lives of some of the Australian soldiers and the Queenscliffe Historical Museum shared the story of George Michael Keddell with them.
George was born in Queenscliff and attended the Queenscliff state school and St Aloyisius Catholic school.
In 1914 at the age of 22 he was one of the first young men from the Queenscliff district to enlist. He participated in the Landing at Gallipoli and then in France as a member of the 4th Field Ambulance. His job was to move wounded soldiers to safety and transport them to Dressing Stations and Field Hospitals where Australian nurses cared for them.
George was wounded when attempting to rescue a soldier and later died of his wounds. He is buried in Villers-Bretonneux Memorial Cemetery.”