ANZAC Day Poppies

“There was Brechead Meade (a schoolboy of 14) who died a man’s death on the parapet of the German officers’ trench. There was McCarthy, “gun” shearer of Queensland, crack shot of the battalion- sniped while cleaning his beloved rifle. Last, I think of Fred Hawke, father of a family, a decent fellow quite out of place in war, yet if ever a man earned a VC Fred did.”
These words by her grandfather will no doubt occupy the thoughts of nurse manager Ann Hodge at the Remembrance Day observance on Friday in the poppy- strewn across from the historic Nightingale Wing in the courtyard of Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital.