""...we cherish your memory and say a prayer for you and all of the fallen comrades and their families of WW1."
- by Peter Taylor, Great Nephew. Cardiff RSL Sub-Branch Vice President
Private Henry Alfred Cressy Service Number 4179 1st Battalion 13th Reinforcements 54th Battalion Harry, on this day Thursday 11th November 2021, we cherish your memory and say a prayer for you and all of the fallen comrades and their families of WW1.
On your headstone in Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery are the words 'In your family's hearts and minds forever'. Several family members travelled to Fromelles in 2010 to pay their respects at your Ceremony.
Young Henry Alfred Cressy, born 5.12.1893, 'Harry'
One of 10 children, son of Brougham and Ann
Enlisted August 1915 into the Australian Infantry
Left Australia, his home and his clan
He sailed with Brother Edward Brougham, 'Bro'
And many others on the HMAT A60 Aeneas ship
To Egypt - a strange land though
To France - a long and weary march and train trip
He was a humble locomotive driver
Full of youthful ideals and dreams
Then became a soldier, batman and writer
In a world of terrifying extremes
We only know you from reading your diary
Retrieved that fateful day 19/07/1916 by Private W.J. Wilson, a comrade
Now a treasured item and an everlasting memory
Along with letters to the Army requesting information your parents made
For many years the family grieved but knew nothing, a mystery
About the location of your final resting place
Until Lambis Englezos Fromelles project discovery
Found the lost diggers and created your own honoured space
Although you will never know the news to date
That you re-united the many Cressy descendants
We commemorated your 100th anniversary 2016 at Sandgate
And are now writing a book to reflect our ascendants
The Cressy name will now be immortalised in Boolaroo
A wonderful tribute to commemorate the sacrifice you made
A dedication 'Cressy Road' for your service was held for you
A reminder of the brutal WWI crusade
Rest in Eternal Peace Harry
Love from all of the Cressy descendants
Written by Great Grand Niece, Angela Harragon (nee Cressy)
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