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Wallace Sharpe. WW1 Photograph Album
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Just prior to ANZAC Day, 2014, Kiama Library was visited by Sarah Johnston, the great grand niece of Gerringong WW1 soldier, Wallace Sharpe. Sarah very kindly made available to us scans made of Wallace’s WW1 photograph albums. These images give a unique view into the life of a Lighthorseman.

Wallace Sharpe did not follow the family tradition of farming. Instead, he worked with his Uncle, Will Nelson in his Gerringong general store. Often riding his horse to outlying parts of the district, Wallace was very popular and likeable, of good moral character, and fine manly qualities. He also played tennis with the Gerringong Tennis Club.

Enlisting on 29th July, 1915, Wally, as he was familiarly called, joined the 6th Light Horse Regiment, 16th Reinforcement, embarking from Sydney on 3rd May 1916 on HMAT Hymettus, leaving his home, “Aorangi” in Gerringong, forever.

The First Battle of Amman aimed at cutting the Hejaz railway line running south from Damascus. The operation began on 22 March 1918 with the building of bridges across the River Jordan. Rain made going extremely difficult, but by the evening of the 25th, the village of Es Salt had been taken. On the morning of the 27th, the attack began on Amman. About 3,000 Allied soldiers faced 4,000 Turks in well prepared positions, supported by machine-guns and fifteen artillery pieces.

The Turkish resistance, bolstered by the German Asia Corps, proved impossible to overcome. By 2nd April, the Allies had withdrawn. The venture had cost 118 killed and 55 missing from the Mounted Division. (Ency. Of Australia’s Battles. Coulthard-Clark)

According to a Red Cross Report:

“Informant states that on the 28/3/18, the Regiment was in action against the Turks at Amman east of the River Jordan in Palestine. During the advance, Sharpe was hit by machine gun fire, together with two or three others. Informant was about 50 yards away, and saw all the men hit, lying on the
ground. He recognised Sharpe who was still alive.”

“I knew Sergeant Sharpe by sight. He was a tall man standing about 6ft. of big build, dark, clean shaved. He went out with Liet. Ridgway’s party, when they made an unsuccessful attack on Aman. We were in support; Ringrose was the only man of the party who returned. He reported that everyone of them had been hit. This was on the 28th March, 1918. Another attack was made on Amman 6 months after this and the place was taken. Some of us went out to see the place where Liet. Ridgeway’s party had been attacked.The dead bodies were lying there just as they had fallen, and we buried them. Sharpe was identified by some of the men. Sharpe was one of the most popular men in the Regiment – He was a great leader of men.”

Back on the home front, for nearly a year the family lived in anxiety and suspense,
not knowing whether 27 year old Wallace was alive or dead. Finally they received the bad news – previously he was reported missing.

The memorial Service to Sergeant Sharpe was conducted by the Rev. W.T. Hooker in the Gerringong Congregational Church. The rostrum was draped with the Union Jack and Australian flag. In the centre was placed a large wreath of white flowers with streamers of Sergt. Sharpe’s Battalion colours (red and green). The whole service was uplifting, a note of triumph ran through it all, in prayers, readings, anthems, hymns and address from Romans 14:7-8.

Wallace has a memorial inside the Gerringong Uniting Church and a plaque at the Jerusalem Memorial. Panel 58.

Image Courtesy Sarah Johnston.

Image from page 268 of “The uplift [serial]” (1909)
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Title: The uplift [serial]
Year: 1909 (1900s)
Authors: Stonewall Jackson Manual Training and Industrial School (Concord, N.C.)
Subjects: Stonewall Jackson Manual Training and Industrial School (Concord, N.C.) Reformatories Juvenile detention homes
Publisher: Concord, N.C. : Board of Trustees of the Stonewall Jackson Manual Training and Industrial School
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do you suppose that having 3,000 poundsof steel under you makes it any better? Theres nothing to be proud of indriving fast — any fool can do that. Its a form of cowardice to threatenother drivers — not courage. Suppose you beat me at the getaway, or up a hill? What does thatprove? Nothing, except that the car you bought is faster. You didnt makeit; its a commercial product. Anybody can buy one like it — and anybodycan drive with a maniacal disregard for safety. ■So dont take any pride in your deadly accomplishment. A real man isconsidered and polite — and takes chances only when it counts, whenhis honor and conscience call out for it. On the highway, most of all, itseasy to tell the men from the boys — for the men have to save the boysfrom the consequences of their foolish and needless bravado. The above was written by the well-known columnist Sydney J. Harris andfirst appeared in the Chicago Daily News. This message is worth reprinting,for both young and old. THE UPLIFT

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SUNDAY SERVIGE By Sammy Skelton, 8tk (^rade The visiting Minister for Aug. 7thwas the Reverend Austin Hamilton,pastor of the Ann Street MethodistChurch in Concord. He chose for his scripture the 18thChapter of I Kings, the first throughthe third verses. 1. Then the word of the Lord cameto Jehu the son of Hanami againstBaasha, saying, 2. Forasmuch as I exalted thee outof the dust, and made thee prince overmy people Israel; and thou hast.walk-ed in the way of Jeroboam, and hastmade my people Israel to sin, to pro-voke me to anger with their sins; 3. Behold, I will take away the pos-terity of Baasha, and the posterity ofhis house; and will make thy houselike the house of Jeroboam the sonof Nebat. Mr Hamilton took this scripture ofJeroboam, and wove it into a storythat all the boys enjoyed. Mr. Halmilton dismissed us with ashort prayer. oOOOo The Reverend Byron Nifong, pastorof the Kerr Street Methodist Churchin Concord, conducted Sunday Serviceat the Jackson Training School onAugust 14.

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Wallace Sharpe. WW1 Photograph Album
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Image by Kiama.Library
Just prior to ANZAC Day, 2014, Kiama Library was visited by Sarah Johnston, the great grand niece of Gerringong WW1 soldier, Wallace Sharpe. Sarah very kindly made available to us scans made of Wallace’s WW1 photograph albums. These images give a unique view into the life of a Lighthorseman.

Wallace Sharpe did not follow the family tradition of farming. Instead, he worked with his Uncle, Will Nelson in his Gerringong general store. Often riding his horse to outlying parts of the district, Wallace was very popular and likeable, of good moral character, and fine manly qualities. He also played tennis with the Gerringong Tennis Club.

Enlisting on 29th July, 1915, Wally, as he was familiarly called, joined the 6th Light Horse Regiment, 16th Reinforcement, embarking from Sydney on 3rd May 1916 on HMAT Hymettus, leaving his home, “Aorangi” in Gerringong, forever.

The First Battle of Amman aimed at cutting the Hejaz railway line running south from Damascus. The operation began on 22 March 1918 with the building of bridges across the River Jordan. Rain made going extremely difficult, but by the evening of the 25th, the village of Es Salt had been taken. On the morning of the 27th, the attack began on Amman. About 3,000 Allied soldiers faced 4,000 Turks in well prepared positions, supported by machine-guns and fifteen artillery pieces.

The Turkish resistance, bolstered by the German Asia Corps, proved impossible to overcome. By 2nd April, the Allies had withdrawn. The venture had cost 118 killed and 55 missing from the Mounted Division. (Ency. Of Australia’s Battles. Coulthard-Clark)

According to a Red Cross Report:

“Informant states that on the 28/3/18, the Regiment was in action against the Turks at Amman east of the River Jordan in Palestine. During the advance, Sharpe was hit by machine gun fire, together with two or three others. Informant was about 50 yards away, and saw all the men hit, lying on the
ground. He recognised Sharpe who was still alive.”

“I knew Sergeant Sharpe by sight. He was a tall man standing about 6ft. of big build, dark, clean shaved. He went out with Liet. Ridgway’s party, when they made an unsuccessful attack on Aman. We were in support; Ringrose was the only man of the party who returned. He reported that everyone of them had been hit. This was on the 28th March, 1918. Another attack was made on Amman 6 months after this and the place was taken. Some of us went out to see the place where Liet. Ridgeway’s party had been attacked.The dead bodies were lying there just as they had fallen, and we buried them. Sharpe was identified by some of the men. Sharpe was one of the most popular men in the Regiment – He was a great leader of men.”

Back on the home front, for nearly a year the family lived in anxiety and suspense,
not knowing whether 27 year old Wallace was alive or dead. Finally they received the bad news – previously he was reported missing.

The memorial Service to Sergeant Sharpe was conducted by the Rev. W.T. Hooker in the Gerringong Congregational Church. The rostrum was draped with the Union Jack and Australian flag. In the centre was placed a large wreath of white flowers with streamers of Sergt. Sharpe’s Battalion colours (red and green). The whole service was uplifting, a note of triumph ran through it all, in prayers, readings, anthems, hymns and address from Romans 14:7-8.

Wallace has a memorial inside the Gerringong Uniting Church and a plaque at the Jerusalem Memorial. Panel 58.

Image Courtesy Sarah Johnston.

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