Page Family's War Tragedy; Harold and Son Bob Both Killed after Valiant Service

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Page Family's War Tragedy; Harold and Son Bob Both Killed after Valiant Service


Byline: Caitlan Charles caitlan.charles@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE HISTORY of the Page family is tied heavily to the Clarence Valley, but at the Copmanhurst Dawn Service, Robert Page wasn't there to talk about Sir Earle Page but his brother Harold.

"Harold joined the 25th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force in early 1915. They arrived in Gallipoli September of that year and left in January 1916 to freshen up in Egypt before heading to France in March," Robert said.

"They spent the next two and a half years in heavy combat on the Western Front.

"Harold was awarded the Military Cross in 1916 with the following comment:

Awarded Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry during a raid of the enemies trenches, though wounded continued with great dash. Several of the enemy were wounded, four prisoners taken, he showed great coolness and courage.

"Harold rose in rank to major and was granted the distinguished service order. From that order it's quoted:

On September 2, 1918 at Mont St Quentin he commanded the 25th Battalion in a brilliant operation, he accompanied his battalion into action, this attack which was ordered at a few hours notice, owing to his tactics, was entirely successful.

The personal ascendency of Major Page over his battalion has been made manifest on numerous occasions, but never as in this latter attack, he himself was severely wounded from an enemy machine gun ...

Never the less, the battalion imbued by his spirit carried on in all its objectives and brought to a successful conclusion the finest achievement in it's history."

Robert said in 1921, Harold moved to Papua New Guinea as the commissioner of native police and over the next 20 years, rose to the position of deputy administrator. …

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