As I’m busy packing for our holiday tomorrow I am reminded of the date. Tomorrow is November 11. In Australia this is Remembrance day, where we remember the fallen and those still fighting. So today I wanted to take a quite moment to remember Andrew Stevenson Tait. He was a soldier fighting for Australia in WW1. He is also the lucky poppy that was given to us to remember on Remembrance day.
Earlier this year Penrith City Council (were we live) built Poppy Park. This was a park with over 102,000 poppies. Each one a fallen soldier from World War I, II and the current war today. There was also a purple poppy in place for all the animals killed in war. We visited the park as a sign of respect and spoke to Lilly about the soldiers names that were on the poppies and what it meant. We spoke about my granddad and great granny Nancy who trained in WW II but didn’t see active battle.
We were touched and sadden to hear that a girl Lilly attends pre-school with lost her dad in the current war, fighting for freedom. She spent the whole time looking for he’s name. She pointed out several poppies and each one was him lol it was great that she was taking an interest in it. As we left we had the chance to buy a poppy and remember a soldier. It was a lucky dip of who you got and each poppy is a little worn as the spent about 2 weeks out in the weather while poppy park was open. Our poppy is for Andrew Stevenson Tait.
After looking through the world wide web, I found that Andrew was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and came to Australia at the age of 30. He wasn’t married according to records and he’s mother was the next of kin.
Service Number: 3617B
Rank: Lance Corporal
Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
Service: Australian Army
Conflict / Operation: First World War, 1914-1918
Conflict eligibility date: First World War, 1914-1921
Date of death: 8 April 1917
Place of death: France
Cause of death: Died of wounds
Age at death: 37
Place of association: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Cemetery or memorial details: Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, Pozieres, Picardie, France
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
I was amused to find out that our soldier was from Scotland, as I have family there and my heritage is Scottish and I’m proud of it). I wonder if my family and he’s every connected? It’s a small world.
Sadly I am unable to find a photo of Andrew in all the sites I visited.
If you would like to know more, you can visit the Australian War Memorial online. You are also able to pin a poppy to a soldier who is on the honour roll and find out more information.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Lest We Forget