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101st Anniversary - Drysdale's Pte. Cecil Lyons

Cecil Lyons was only 18 years old when he enlisted in The Australian Infantry, February 16, 1916. He was one of eight children born to James Lyons and Elizabeth Ann (nee Reynolds), Drysdale. He attended Drysdale State School and Drysdale Methodist Church. Private Lyons embarked on the HMAT ‘Ajana’ with the 58th Infantry Battalion filled with pride and ready to serve his King and Country Private Cecil Lyons The 58th Battalion fought on many battlefields in France. They battled the German soldiers on The Somme and survived the Winter in endless mud in The Flanders. Cecil wrote many letters to his family back home, some were from the battlefields. His last letter was addressed to his sister May

Lady Northcote Farm School-Anne Drysdale connection

Our Next general gathering is Tuesday 9th April at the Old Court house Drysdale at 7.30 pm. Entrance via the rear door. We are pleased to have Lyn Clough OAM as our guest speaker on the Lady Northcote Farm School and an Anne Drysdale connection Lyn had the following to say about the school "From July 1937 to June 1976, 883 children, Child Migrants and Australian State Wards called The Lady Northcote Childrens Farm School their home…Here orphans and children from poor or underprivileged homes were being successfully migrated from Britain, hence the beginning of the Northcote Childrens’ Farm School in 1937. In the 1960’s Australian children in the care of the Childrens Welfare Dept were admitt


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Drysdale, 3222

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