Although I have grown up knowing the significance of Anzac Day, I hate to admit that I really didn't appreciate the sacrifices of our young men until I started family history research.
Now every Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, I research a family member who made the ultimate sacrifice. They did not get the opportunity to have children or grandchildren to remember them, so I now feel a duty to do so.
Today I pay tribute to Albert George "Bertie" Warner, who was born 23rd January 1892 in the small farming community of Winiam, Victoria.
Bertie's mother, Sophia, died shortly before his second birthday from "Acute Mania & Exhaustion". Her death was soon followed by the death of Bertie's four year old sister, Jane, and his baby brother, Robert.
|First cousins (3 times removed)|
Caroline (Carrie), Albert (Bertie)
and Maria (Ria) Warner
George stayed living in the area but died in 1902 when Bertie was 10 years old.
Bertie attended the Winiam State School and was a "prominent member" of the Winiam community. Similar to many other family members he was a member of the Cricket and Rifle Clubs and played football with the Imperial Football Club.
After leaving school, Bertie became a farmer, like his father and many other family members.
On the 4th March 1916, at age 24, he joined the 38th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Forces. On the 26th June 1916 he was aboard the HMAT Runic, on his way to fight in many notable conflicts, including at Messines, Ypres, Polygon Wood and the Somme.
|Albert George (Bertie)Warner|
|Albert George (Bertie Warner)|
|Winiam State School Honor Roll|
Includes the name of three family members
who lost their lives in World War 1
|Unicorn Cemetery, Vendhuile, France|
Lest we Forget
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