Nina Valentine recounts her father’s Gallipoli experience

Nina’s father Charles Reakes joined the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) in August 1914. He was sent to Anzac Cove, which he recalled was ‘beautiful though it rained a bit in the afternoon’.

He arrived with an ammunition column delivering vital supplies up the perilous Shrapnel Gully.

Upon his evacuation from Gallipoli, Charles was transferred to the 103rd Howitzer Battery in France where he had been gassed during battles in October 1918.

He left the battlefields when the Armistice was signed in November 1918.

The Gold Museum collection includes Charles’ dog tag which he wore as part of his military uniform.

Credits

Film produced by Wind & Sky Productions, Jary Nemo (Director) and Lucinda Horrocks (Interviewer and Researcher).

The Memories of War film project was supported by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council.

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