On April 20, 1915, my great grandfather William Chappell embarked for Gallipoli as part of the 12th Infantry Battalion, 5th reinforcements. He was 32.
He was wounded in Gallipoli (At “Anzac”) in August, patched up, and by late 1916 was fighting in France.
He returned to Australia in 1917 and was discharged: “neurosis & over age”.
As far as we knew, he never spoke of the war. We discovered his medals some 15 years ago, and that was the first time we’d heard of him fighting at Gallipoli.
I’m forever grateful for what he did – and that he came home alive. (He didn’t marry until after the war). There were far too many who didn’t get that opportunity.