Digger Research


Students have completed research on Soldiers missing or killed in action as a central part of preparing for the trip.

If you click on the MAP MARKER above, you can read about the different Commonwealth Cemetery locations and their history.

If you click on the name of the soldier in the table below, you will see their official record and can download their commemorative certificate from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

If you click on the name of a student in the 2018 tour group table, you will see a short video of the eulogy presented by each student.

The YouTube channel for the project with all available videos can be found here.

All Soldiers can be researched at  Commonwealth War Graves Commission database of casualty details.

StudentSoldierGrave/MemorialNumberDate of Death
Abbey WhitfieldPrivate Norman Harper Sir John Monash Centre Villers-Bretonneux Service Nbr – 1676 54th Bn. AIF 15-May-1917
Alyssa WithersLieutenant John Joseph Bourke Menin Gate 2nd Coy Australian Machine Gun Corps AIF 20-Sep-17
Caitlyn WilsonPrivate James Henry Charles Sir John Monash Centre Villers-Bretonneux Service Nbr – 4686 25th Bn. AIF 14-Nov-16
Darcie HansonThomas Joseph Cosgriff Pheasant Wood Cemetery, Fromelles 59th Battalion AIF 19/7/16
Ebony HoggPrivate Charles Spencer Spoilbank Cemetery - Vaartstraat 1918, 8902 Ieper Service Nbr – 5218 14th Bn. AIF 31-Jan-18
Ella McWhinneyPrivate James McLellend St. Sever Cemetery Extension in Rouen, Rue Pierre Lefrançois, 76120 Le Grand-Quevilly Service Nbr - 13316 2nd Bn. Scots Guards 1-Dec-17
Erin ClancyPrivate John William Lucas Sir John Monash Centre Villers-Bretonneux Service Nbr – 4433 23rd Bn. AIF 25-Aug-16
Grace AdamsCaptain John Harry FletcherCalvaire Cemetery, Montebrehain 24th Battalion AIF 5/10/18
Gregory ParsonsGunner John Clifford Bowers Serre Road Cemetery No.2, D919, 62116 Hébuterne Service Nbr – 11806 22nd Bde. Australian Field Artillery 3-Aug-16
Jared CoenPrivate Alfred Edward Lane Daours Communal Cemetery Extension , 25 Rue de Pont Noyelle, 80800 Daours Service Nbr – 640A 1st Bn. Australian Machine Gun Corps 11-Aug-18
Matthew LindsayPrivate Thomas Patrick Rooney Fort Pitt Military Cemetery, Kent, IK Service Nbr - 3395 Wounded in Fromelles and died from his wounds 16/11/1916 in a hospital in the UK
07-09 June 1917
Natalie GaleaPrivate Reginald Myles Phayer Menin Gate Service Nbr – 1897 38th Bn. AIF 07-09 June 1917
Perri ClancyPrivate David Spence LincolnSir John Monash Centre Villers-Bretonneux Service Nbr - 3710 Australian Infantry, A.I.F.August 4, 1916
Shelby ReevesPrivate William George Taylor St. Pierre Cemetery Amiens, Avenue de la Defense Passive, 80080 Amiens Service Nbr – 1000 25th Bn. AIF 13-Apr-18
Sienna HaighPrivate Robert BensonBancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France  Service Nbr –3685 46th Bn. AIF15-Feb-1917
Takara MitchellPrivate Herbert Hugh Hickey Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Rue d'Angleterre, 80300 Dernancourt, France Service Nbr – 5854 21st Bn. AIF 19-May-18
Tyra GoringPrivate Frederick Cairns Drysdale Tyne Cot Cemetery  Service Nbr – 6988 5th Bn. AIF20-Sep-17

Menin Gate 2018



The 2015 tour was cancelled due to terrorist attacks in Paris.







Kayla Atkinson

Robert Benson


Kayla Atkinson

Oscar Edward Bridson


Nell Bradbury

John Clifford Bowers


Joe Burton

William Brown


Corey Couldwell

William McDonald


Chloe Dando

Charles Douglas Parker


Brittany Dean

Maurice Christie

Sienna Haigh Alfred Stafford      

Melanie Hanson

Edward John Rule      

Melanie Hanson

Albert Ernest Free      

Jackson Hyville-Schaffer

J.J O’Callaghan      

Jackson Hyville-Schaffer

Richard Edwin Nicholls MM      

Cyra Mournellis

Joseph Jefferies      

Jesse Silva

Archibald Dick      

Bonnie Zolnierczyk

Roy Napoleon Hobson      
Ms. Groves Herbert Benson      



Students completed research on Soldiers missing or killed in action as a central part of the trip.

Each Soldier’s name contains a direct link to their records in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database of casualty details.







Emma Rigoni

Peter Chalmers MM


Killed in Action 13/10/1917. Awarded Military Medal posthumously.

Menin Gate Memorial

Panel 7

Lachlan Maher Cleal

Thomas Joseph Cosgriff


Missing in action Fromelles 19/7/16. Body
identified and reburied

Pheasant Wood

Ref IV.C.9

Paddy Coppinger

Leopold Arthur Alfred Strickland


Killed in Action 4/8/16

Villers Brettoneux Memorial

Acacia Mournellis

Phillip Joseph McCahery


Missing in Action 26/4/1918 (Battleof Villers Brettoneux) Born in

Villers Brettoneux Memorial

Tahnee Reid

James Alexander Reid


Missing in Action Fromelles 19/7/16. Body
identified and reburied.

Pheasant Wood

Ref III.c.2

Matthew Bruce

James Bruce


Killed in Action 21/8/1916 – born Koroit – British
citizen –

Villers Brettoneux Memorial

Chris Farnay

Maurice Christie


Killed in Action 20/3/1917 – from Woodend (refer brother below
– killed the same day!) British citizen

Villers Brettoneux Memorial

Chris Farnay

Elias James Christie


Killed in Action 20/3/1917 (see above) – from Woodend –
British Citizen – 3rd brother returned from the War.

Villers Brettoneux Memorial

Shahni Clancy

David Spence Lincoln


Killed in Action 4/8/1916 – was a cadet who enlisted when 18

Villers Brettoneux Memorial

Abbey Hanson

Frank Ernest Ferguson


Declared KIA 12/5/1917 – Bullecourt – Born in Broadford

Villers Brettoneux Memorial

Maddy Frost-McLaclan

William Brown


Killed in Action 4/8/1916 – mentioned in despatches for
‘gallant conduct’ at Poizieres – born in
Pyalong and enlisted in Broadford

Villers Brettoneux Memorial

Rose White

Raymond Charles Bishop


55th Battalion. KIA in Battle of Fromelles.
Buried by Germans in mass grave. Discovered and identified and reinterred.

Fromelles Pheasant Wood


Gypsy Beel Eaton

John Lamb Mehaffey


Reported MIA 2/4/17. His brother CW Mehaffey was KIA 11/17.

Villers Brettoneux Memorial.

Bronwyn Mills

John William Lucas


KIA 25/8/1916. Son of Enoch & Annie Lucas. Born in Broadford.
Enlisted in Broadmeadows

Buried at Villers Brettoneux

Grace Coppinger Victor Lambert Gadd
Killed in Action 05/11/1916 Uncle of Mary Dodge’s Husband – Broadford Villers Brettoneux Memorial
Hannah Lane John Alexander Patterson


KIA 04/11/1917 aged 44 years. Bombardier 12th Army FA Brigade- 45th Battery. Son of John Alexander and Margaret Patterson, husband of Margaret Patterson- father of 4.Laborer. Born in Carlton, Victoria. Enlisted 16/11/15- Queensland. Villers Brettoneux Memorial
Emma Arthur Harold Sydney White
Died 24/4/1918 at Sailly-le-sec on the River Somme, France on the first day of the battle of Villiers-Bretonneux. He was 27. Plot B12 Bonnay Communal Cemetery Extension Bonnay, Somme, France

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