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Updated 26 January 2014

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September  2006  

 

 An exceptional discovery was made in Zonnebeke,

 near Ypres, on the former battlefields of the Great War. After 89 years the remains of 5 Australian soldiers were recovered.

 

 The excavation was emotional and overwhelming and the identification process unveiled an extraordinary story of two brothers, Jim & John Hunter....

 

They enlisted in "'The Great Adventure", travelled so far to fight on

Flanders Fields, side by side, John was killed and carefully buried by his

brother Jim on a scarred battlefield.

 

Jim returned to look for his brothers grave site but was unable to find him,

because the landscape had changed so much in such a short time,

due to the heavy bombardment in that area..

 

The revelation of this mystery and the message given by the brothers eventually lead to the realisation of this project. (read the full story here)

 

John ('Jack') & Jim Hunter

A letter to Jim Hunter - select the brothers photo to read this letter in PDF format

The Complete Story

Ann Beechey, who had an exceptional family of 14 children, lost her husband in 1912.

During the horror of the Great War, Amy would lose so many as five of her eight

sons at the front. Her other sons emigrated to Australia to take part in the disastrous landing at Gallipoli.  One of them survived being shot by a sniper and lived on, virtually paralysed.

 

Amy would never see five of her sons again.  One by one they are brought down in that tragic war.  In April 1918, Amy was invited to visit King George V who had expressed hi sincere sympathy for the loss of her five sons..

 

Many other families were never to see their sons again.....

 

Uncountable youngsters would experience a younger or older brother

fall in battle, or die at their side and having to leave them behind the

battlefield.  It is impossible to assess the awful tragedies. Even documents

cannot describe them - its is necessary to 'sense' them. Those involved

in the conflict did not want to talk about it.

 

Brothers in Arms, the symbol of eternal fellowship