• 8th Battery A.F.A. Gun on which Two Australians were Killed.

8th Battery A.F.A. Gun on which Two Australians were Killed. A shell landed on top of the shield of this gun on August 17 last, killing Driver D. Barrett-Lennard (20 years) and Gunner Stan Carter (23) Sydney Mail Wednesday 24 May 1916. Please note. There is a second image on the same page that may show the actual grave sites of these two artillerymen. The text beneath the second photograph identifies the graves as belonging to two men from the 8th Battery, however the cross inscriptions are illegible. Follow the link on the individual profile pages to see the full newspaper article. Blacksmith... The following text appeared in a letter from Sgt. Stanley G. Brearley (8th Battery A.F.A) to the Sunday Times newspaper. The sergeant refers to the deaths of two gallant gunners, Stan Carter and Doug Lennard, concerning which from other sources particulars have already been published. He says: "While in action a high explosive shell struck the shield of the gun, killing Stan. Carter and Doug. Lennard, and severely wounding the sergeant-Mick Taylor. It was a terrible thing to see the poor chaps, but they were heroes, and died as gamely as any man could. After the explosion the thought of each man was for his comrades. The sergeant when picked up said, “I've only got a few scratches ; look after the other chaps.” It was afterwards found he had 14 wounds. He is now in hospital with a very fair chance of recovery (a late report says he has 19 wounds). When Carter was picked up he could hardly speak, but he managed to ask whether the other fellows were badly hurt, and further questioned whether the gun had been knocked out of action. He died on the way to the dressing station, about half an hour after being hit. Poor little Lennard was knocked about the most, and, although suffering intense agony, begged us to go and look after Carter and Taylor, as he knew he was dying. He lived about an hour and a half. Our colonel and the general visited the gun, and spoke highly of the work done so far, but greatly deplored our heavy losses. Sunday Times (W.A.) 5 September 1915. Lest We Forget
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