Today, Saturday, April 25th 2015, is the 100th Anniversary of Australian and New Zealand soldiers landing at Gallipoli to help British Forces try to take Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) from the Ottoman Turks who fought on the German side of what eventually became known as World War I...often referred to as The Great War. The Aussies and Kiwis fought heroically as you'd probably guess and what soon became known as the ANZAC Legend was born. Every April 25th the hardships and sacrifices made by the Aussie/NZ men and women in uniform from the Great War and the other armed conflicts that followed are honored and remembered. The Den wants to honor them too.
|Flags of New Zealand (red stars) and Australia (white stars)|
The Den's favorite watering hole and where we got our name is The Red Lion Pub (RLP) in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Click on the link in the sidebar for a more detailed backstory. It was founded by a member of the Royal Air Force (WWII) prominently featured in the classic Steve McQueen movie The Great Escape. His son, Colin Cordwell, is the proprietor. The RLP has numerous military artifacts and books on history among the several thousand packing the spruce bookshelves. The front room is known as The Great War Room to honor Colin's grandfather who was wounded (bayoneted) at Gallipoli as a member of the British Army.
|Recruiting poster to join Australian Imperial Force.|
|Royal Australian Air Force recruiting poster.|
The Den is donating a book to be on permanent display in the Red Lion's Great War Room and we have started an Honor Roll to remember some of those great ANZAC soldiers who served with such high distinction amid horrors we couldn't begin to comprehend. We read this past week about the exploits and sad fates of several of Faux Fuchsia's ancestors whose war records she only recently discovered. We were moved by the sacrifices they made and how she still felt such a strong connection and heartache over their hardships. Faux Fuchsia's Great Uncles will be the first to have names inscribed and pictures enclosed in the book below.
|Book published by the Australian War Memorial|
|The Aussies fought in Egypt|
|Private Herbert Mabin from Townsville, Queensland|
41st Battalion AIF
Died from wounds suffered on Western Front in Belgium on December 10, 1917
|Leading Airman Cedric Neville Jones|
Died during a training mission in Queensland in 1943
|George Morrison Mabin from Townsville, Queensland|
4th Pioneers AIF
Western Front 1917-1919
|Pics to enclose in book.|
|Pics are identified with details of their service.|
|They are inscribed in the ANZAC book. We'll encourage Red Lion visitors from Down Under|
to add the names of other brave ANZAC men and women.
The Red Lion has it's own Great War Honor Roll well represented with the following pics adorning the walls of The Great War Room:
|Private James Cordwell (Colin's Uncle)|
|The 10th London Regiment. Far right is Private Robert Cordwell.|
When I walked in, Colin informed me we had 4 friendly blokes in from Sydney having just come from Anzac Day festivities jointly hosted by the Australian Consulate with guests from the New Zealand and Turkish Consulates also attending along with the general public.
|GSL's new drinking buddies from Sydney stopped in for ANZAC Day cocktails.|
The older fellow 2nd from left was awarded the Military Cross (MC)
for his exploits in Viet Nam.