Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

How a Fallen Anzac Found Me; Eleven-Year-Old Lachlan Barnsley of Modanville Won This Year's Northern Rivers Aero Club's Anzac Day Story Competition

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

How a Fallen Anzac Found Me; Eleven-Year-Old Lachlan Barnsley of Modanville Won This Year's Northern Rivers Aero Club's Anzac Day Story Competition

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ANZAC Day now means a lot more to me because of my great-great-grandfather's brother's son.

His name is Cecil Clyde Barnsley. He fought in the First World War. He was in the third battalion in France and was blown up by a shell that hit him on the side of the face and was killed instantly on the 17th of August 1918. No one alive today in our family knew anything about it until I went down to the National War Memorial for Remembrance Day 2011.

I was looking and walking up and down along World War One side. I saw a lot of Barnes but I had not seen any Barnsley on the walls. I had asked my Dad a week before I went if there were any Barnsleys on the wall but he did not know of any. As I walked along there looking at 102,000 fallen Anzac names I found a CC Barnsley, but I did not know if he was related to me. …

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