Fifteen years ago in March 2001 the song 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' was recorded.
Many people from Australia and around the world took advantage of the free download of the song in the lead up to the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli on April 25 2015. The free download of the song will remain throughout the ANZAC centenary 2014 - 2018.
You can download the original recording of the song in 2001 for free. You can also download a longer 4 minute version recorded in 2001 for free. Go to the official website for the song to download for freehere(the website is a Mobile Friendly Website).
The song is suitable for ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day in Australia. Many schools have used the song over the past 14 years for commemorative purposes.
This year I was researching family history and found that my Great Grandmother's (nee Eliza Jane WILLEY) brother Josiah Willey was posted missing and finally listed as Killed In Action, 19 July 1916 at the Battle Of Fromelles and has no known grave. For more information about Josiah Willey click here. He was married with four children and you can read how hard it was for his wife when she had to wait for a long time to find out what happened to her husband.
In the Battle Of Fromelles, Australia had 5,533 casulaties in 24 hours, with 2,000 being killed. It is the worst day in Australia's history.
The Western Front during WW1 is profoundly shocking when it comes to how many Australians were killed and wounded. In just over two years around half of all Australians killed in all wars died on the Western Front.
300,000 Australians served on The Western Front in atrocious conditions, many of them having survived the Gallipoli campaign. 46,000 died in France and Belgium. About 11,000 have no known grave. There were 132,000 Australians wounded or gassed - many soldiers being wounded more than once.
The Battle Of Pozieres, from late July 1916 to early September 1916, cost many Australian lives... and in the words of Australian official historian, Charles Bean... the Pozières ridge "is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth."
In all, three Australian divisions suffered 23,000 casualties. All in less than seven weeks. 6,800 Australians were killed or died of wounds. The Western Front doesn't get the focus like Gallipoli, but one can honestly say that the shocking loss of life on the Western Front would have had an enormous impact in Australia from 1916 to 1918 and for a long time thereafter. You have to remember Australia's population was less than 5 million back then and a generation of young men had been killed or wounded. Many who survived the war and came back home died not long after and many would never be the same.
I created the video 'You never came home' as a memorial to all the Australians who died on the Western Front.
Some people say the song 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' glorifies war... There is no glory in the horror of war.
Remembering Australians who fought and died should also remind us that war is terrible and to be avoided. The Western Front shows us how terrible war is.
As many young men died, it is heartbreaking to know that many of them cried out for their mothers as they died on the battlefield.
The centenary anniversaries of the Western Front battles are coming up in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and I am sure many Australians will be reminded of the terrible sacrifice of so many, just as they were with the Gallipoli Landing Centenary. If you would like to know how the Australian War Heroes Song came into being click here. Besides the Australian War Heroes Song I authored a state song back in 1999 for South Australia called 'South Australia It's My Home'. You can download that song for free also at the same download page link (above). There is a great Northern Territory song 'It's Our Territory'for free as well on the same download page.
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