Remembering the Coo-ees on ANZAC Day 2020

Remembering the Coo-ees on ANZAC Day 2020

I have taken the opportunity while commemorating ANZAC Day this year from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to update a few web pages on the 1915 Coo-ee March website.

Visit the Coo-ee March Roll of Honour web page to read about and remember the 41 Coo-ees who died during active service during the First World War, and view the photographs that Stephen and I have taken of their graves, or war memorials where their name is remembered, for those who have no known grave.  This includes the grave of Trooper Henry William Nicholls buried in the Jerusalem War Cemetery who joined the Coo-ees at Molong, whose grave we visited on 20th January this year.

The story of the Coo-ees did not finish with their arrival in Sydney on 12th November 1915 at the end of the Coo-ee March.

Based on our research, read what was happening to individual Coo-ees who served overseas during the First World War each month from February 1916 until November 1918 which is collated on the WWI Timeline web page, dating from 16th February 1916, when the first group of fifteen Coo-ees embarked overseas on active service from Sydney on the HMAT Ballarat A70.

I still plan to write a book about the Coo-ees, but my research is not yet finished, and there will be copyright permissions to obtain to include the photographs.

Helen Thompson

7 responses to “Remembering the Coo-ees on ANZAC Day 2020

  1. Thanks so much for this website. I have my great grandfathers military records, but they were hard to decipher for the inexperienced. Thank you for taking the time to document each soldiers full history from them. It meant I could read my great grandfathers history in detail for the first time 🙂

  2. Jeffery & Shirley Marks

    Thank you Helen. A very different ANZAC day this year. Wonderful the research you continue to work on for the Coo-ees. Keep safe and well. Shirley

  3. So pleased that you will have all your research published! Onwards and upwards!

  4. A super website and what a great reference service you have provided. My grand uncle D’arcy Keating was a Coo-ee who joined in Wellington.
    How has your book progressed in these strange times?
    Best regards,

    • Hi Rod
      Thank you for your message. I have written a story about hour grand uncle Darcy Keating at If you have a photo of him in his WWI uniform, I would like to put a copy on his story. The book is still planned, but I am now undertaking further university study, which may progress this further.
      Kind regards

    • Hi Rod
      Thank you for your message. I was wondering if you have a photo of your grand uncle Darcy Keating in his WWI uniform? If so, I would like to add it to his story. The book is still on my agenda, but I am undertaking further study at the moment, which may assist this.
      Kind regards

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