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Become an ambulance volunteer.
won't just be
The life you
SKILLS FOR LIFE
Becoming a volunteer ambulance officer
is not just a great thing to do for the
community, it's also an amazing thing
to do for yourself.
Imagine what it would be like to have
the skills and confidence to save lives -- to
learn leadership skills and gain a broader
Aside from the medical skills they learn,
SA Ambulance Service volunteers gain from
every aspect of the vital role they play.
Ambulance volunteers come to this calling
at all ages, from all walks of life. Some
work in full-time jobs and others have
more time on their hands.
If you're ready to change your life and the
lives of others or want to find out more
about volunteering call 1800 655 306 or
visit our website: saambulance.com.au.
Edgar Bartlett's battle at WWI
AT the beginning of World
War I, Lieutenant Edgar
Bartlett, aged 24, responded to
the call to arms and enlisted
in the Royal Australian
One hundred years later his
war memorabilia will be dis-
played at Waikerie RSL Museum
in April to commemorate the
A posting to the 11th Light
Horse saw him spend four months
perched halfway up a cliff in
Turkey as part of the Gallipoli
During an interview with The
River News in October 1991 to
acknowledge his 100th birthday,
Mr Bartlett said he remembered
three distinct things about that
He described the climate as
being "hellish" hot during the day
and freezing cold at night.
He encountered similar climat-
ic conditions during his later ser-
vice in Egypt, Sinai and Palestine.
The second was the unforget-
table taste of bully beef.
Mr Bartlett claimed that even
if he lived to be 200 he would
never forget the taste of the
army's staple diet of bully beef
and Anzac biscuits.
His third memory he treasured
was of his opponents.
The Turks generally had a
reputation among the Diggers as
men of integrity.
He described the Turks as clean
soldiers, above the dirty tricks of
Mr Bartlett said the Turks bore
no grudge against Australians and
they were merely doing their job.
A particularly vivid memory
of the armistice made famous
with the song And the band
played Waltzing Matilda.
On this occasion troops from
both sides left their trenches and
mingled openly on the battlefield
as the dead were taken for burial.
According to Mr Bartlett, Turk-
ish soldiers were friendly and
respectful, an idea that still exists
with the condition of the Austra-
lian war graves at Anzac Cove.
In 1990, Mr Bartlett joined 150
surviving servicemen at Anzac
Cove for the 75th anniversary of
He remembered one of his unit
tasks during the evacuation in
1915 was to run up and down the
trench firing weapons to make the
Turks believe the full force was
still in position.
This was completed success-
fully with no lives lost.
Several hours after the evacua-
tion was complete the Turks began
a barrage on empty trenches.
Lieutenant Bartlett and his
comrades returned to Egypt where
they were reunited with their
Not long after that the 11th
Light Horse found themselves
riding through the night and
hiding during the day.
Mr Bartlett was discharged in
1919 and returned to the family
property at Swan Reach.
In 1923, he and his wife Doro-
thy moved to Waikerie where he
joined his father and brother in
the auctioneering business.
Mr Bartlett eventually took
over the business with his sons
Max and Neil.
Max said his father was a
member of the volunteer defence
corps (VDC) with the Australian
Home Guard during World War
II, but, as a 49-year-old, his father
was unsuitable for service over-
The Waikerie VDC, in addi-
tion to manning the internment
camps, were given the job of pro-
tecting the pumping station from
Until 1956, Geo Bartlett and
Sons were the auctioneers for the
That year, Mr Bartlett retired to
a property at Taylorville.
His story, with other Waikerie
soldiers, will be shared as part of
this year's Anzac centenary.
CYRIL Jacobs with Alison Smith, who officially opened In Flanders Fields at the
Rainmoth Gallery on Sunday afternoon.
ALISON Smith, Cyril Jacobs, Yvonne Jacobs and Richard Smith attended the
In Flanders Fields exhibition opening at Waikerie's Rainmoth Gallery on Sunday.
Gallery's Anzac opening
WORLD Wa r
featured on the
front page of
The River News
1991 as he
RIVERLAND schools, kindergartens, day
care centres and youth groups are eligible
to apply for up to $1000 to build a garden or
improve an existing one.
The Coles Junior Landcare Garden grants close
on March 27.
Landcare Australia chief executive Tessa Jak-
szewicz said the program helped to build social
skills, communication and a sense of wellbeing.
Ms Jakszewicz said people could visit www.
juniorlandcare.com.au for more information, or
Landcare grants available
ERROL MATSCHOSS MOTO
Errol Matschoss Motors
10 Ian Oliver Drive, Waikerie PH: 8541
63 Roberston Avenue, Loxton PH: 858
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