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Reverend Michael Bergin

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If anyone is in the vicinity of Reninghelst could they possibly take a photo of the headstone of The Rev. Michael Bergin, Australian Army Chaplains Department in Renginghelst Churchyard Extension, Grave No.1

This chap has an interesting story.

He was a Irish Jesuit who in 1915 was based in Cairo, when the Australians arrived. He got to know them, and as they had no chaplain he was aked to stand in. When they went to Gallipoli they took him with them, and once his credentials were confirmed he was attested into the Australian Army at Anzac. (One wonders why attestation documents were taken to Gallipoli - who did they expect to recruit?). After being evacuated to England due to sickness he eventually rejoined and served with the 51st Battalion, A.I.F on the Western Front. He was killed on 10 October 1917.

He is unique in that he was the only Australian Padre killed on the Western Front, and the only member of the Australian Forces never to have been to Australia.

Martin

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Lady Linda

Hi,

If you don't get anybody else, we are going over in October and can get if for you then.

Linda

PS: Just remind me nearer the time, as I have quite a few projects on the go!

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Lady Linda

Or you can get one for FREE from www.britishwargraves.co.uk as they have one on there.

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tootrock
15 hours ago, Lady Linda said:

Or you can get one for FREE from www.britishwargraves.co.uk as they have one on there.

Hi,

I have tried this source, but currently they do not have a photo of this particular garave.

Martin

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Lady Linda
1 hour ago, tootrock said:

Hi,

I have tried this source, but currently they do not have a photo of this particular garave.

Martin

So it is back to me, if you can wait.

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temptage

Took this back in 2012 on my first foray over the Channel. Must have been very close to the time Soilsister took the ones that they uploaded onto FindAGrave, as they are almost the same, but I can guarantee that they arent.

 

If you PM me your email address, I will send you the original which is a lot bigger than has uploaded on here.

 

Bergin.jpg.54026f218f915ce68737983aef123caa.jpg

 

 

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tootrock
15 hours ago, temptage said:

Took this back in 2012 on my first foray over the Channel. Must have been very close to the time Soilsister took the ones that they uploaded onto FindAGrave, as they are almost the same, but I can guarantee that they arent.

 

If you PM me your email address, I will send you the original which is a lot bigger than has uploaded on here.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for that. PM Sent

And thanks to everyone else for offers and suggestions.

Martin

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