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He Died at Gallipoli

Charles McCullough's original cross at Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli, 1921

Charles McCullough’s original cross at Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli, 1921

Charles Spurgeon McCullough cross at Gallipoli enlarged 600

page 9 of Charles McCullough's military dossier on NAA

page 9 of Charles McCullough’s military dossier on NAA

KIA record in WW1 record

page 13 of Charles McCullough's military dossier on NAA showing the family received photos of his military cross grave

page 13 of Charles McCullough’s military dossier on NAA showing the family received photos of his military cross grave

 

DESCRIPTION: a small photograph showing the original headstone cross at Gallipoli of
Charles McCullough
DATE:
 September 1921
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM:
 Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: 
Charles Spurgeon McCullough was one of eight children born to Robert McCullough and Eva Richardson. He signed up for military service January 1915, and was assigned to the 6th Battalion. And on 17 June 1915 he was one of the thousands of Australians and Allied forces who went to Gallipoli, and like so many others in that tragic battle, was killed in action. Charles was the brother of my great grandma Dorothy McCullough.

Buried at Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, the above picture shows his original cross (along with a number of others from the 6th Battalion AIF). However his new headstone can be found on The War Graves Photographic Project website.

Being someone who (thankfully) has never been exposed to war, I cannot comprehend what effect this would have had on the whole family. But I’m sure it would have had an profound effect.

I have found an article in The Advertiser from 1915, when it reported his death. You can find this entry here.

 

Far More Than ‘Just’ Autographs

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DESCRIPTION: this was my grandma’s (Evelyn Randell) autograph book.
DATE: the autograph book has my grandma’s name and date (2 Dec 1932) on the inside cover, so I would assume that’s when she began it – when she was about 16 years old.
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Anthea Phillips (nee Hannaford)
STORY/ABOUT: With quotes, drawings, bible verses, squashed leaves and newspaper clippings, filling this autograph book, it is far more than “just” an autograph book. With the names and often addresses of people she obviously knew, it is a treasure trove of history.

Unfortunately I can’t put images of all 72 pages of it here, but the above pics give just a small sample of what’s included.

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