Jason Clare has visited the graves of four Bankstown Boys who were killed at Gallipoli as part of this year’s Gallipoli Mateship Trek.
The Mateship Trek brings together young Australians from different communities to learn about each other and Australian military history.
This year, Mr Clare led nine young Australians from the Bankstown and Cronulla areas. The group, made up of five young Turkish Australians from Western Sydney, four surf lifesavers from Cronulla, a retired Special Forces soldier, a retired Australian Army General and two Turkish soldiers, retraced the footsteps of Australian and Turkish soldiers who fought at Gallipoli in World War I.
The Trek concluded with a commemorative service at the Lone Pine Cemetery on Australia Day.
The four Bankstown Boys who were killed at Gallipoli were Joseph William Berriman (18), Harold Ernest Gunther (22), William Hardie (34) and Reginald Vivian Foote (19).
Reginald Foote lived on Old Kent Road, Bankstown and was a commercial artist. He enlisted in the AIF on 19 January 1915. He died of wounds aged 19 on 17 December 1915 – 2 days before the Anzacs were withdrawn from Gallipoli.
These four men are some of the 31 Bankstown Boys who were killed in World War I. Their names are all on the Anzac memorial which has now been returned to Bankstown Memorial Oval.
The stories of these 31 men will be documented in a book which has been commissioned and funded by Mr Clare’s Centenary of Anzac Committee.
Copies of this book will be available to everyone who attends the Anzac dawn sevice at Bankstown Oval on Anzac Day, where local residents will be able to watch the live telecast of the Dawn Service in Gallipoli.