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(Français) Challenge C.Healy Edition 2019

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(Français) Revue de presse 2018

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The war devastated agriculture by M.GUILBERT

Assevillers continues to be actively involved in the commemoration of the Great War during this year 2018.

Thus, Michel GUILBERT, Mayor of Assevillers for over 15 years, expert in the agricultural sector, proposed on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, a “café d’histoire” at the Historial of Péronne.

The conference was very enriching and provided an overview of agriculture before, during and after the First World War.

 

Courrier picard du Jeudi 7 Juin 2018

Next “café d’histoire” :

  • Date : Mardi 19 Juin 2018 – 18h30
  •  Theme: Cecil HEALY, the only Australian Olympic champion who was killed in action and buried at Assevillers.
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His name was Cecil Healy…

Credit : Elysée.fr

 

President Macron’s speech at the official dinner at the Sydney Opera House (translated into French knowing that only the delivery is authentic) on 1 May 2018:

« Monsieur le Premier ministre, cher Malcolm, Madame,

Mesdames et Messieurs les Ministres,

Mesdames et Messieurs les parlementaires,

Il s’appelait Cecil Healy. Il était né ici, à Sydney, en 1881, au bord de cette baie qui en fit l’un des meilleurs nageurs de l’Histoire. Champion médaillé aux jeux olympiques de 1912, à Stockholm, il y perçut les ombres qui s’accumulaient alors dans le ciel européen. Refusant de rester immobile, même à l’autre bout du monde, au nom de son idée du droit, du devoir et de l’engagement, il se porta volontaire sur le front occidental pendant la Grande guerre. Après s’être bravement battu, il tomba aux portes de Péronne, à l’été 1918, quelques mois avant la fin de la guerre. Il repose aujourd’hui, aux côtés de ses frères d’armes, au cimetière d’Assevillers, où John Devitt, un autre de vos grands nageurs, est venu verser un peu de sable de Manly Beach, en souvenir de sa terre natale.

Je suis né dans la Somme. J’ai grandi avec ces milliers d’histoires, de souvenirs et de traces de ce que la France doit aux soldats australiens venus il y a un siècle défendre notre liberté. Je pense à eux en arrivant ici. Il y a quelques jours, vous nous avez fait l’honneur, Monsieur le Premier Ministre, de célébrer l’ANZAC Day en inaugurant le Centre de mémoire Sir John Monash de Villers-Bretonneux. Le Premier ministre français était présent, et j’aurais été avec vous, si je n’avais pas été à Washington, avec nos alliés américains, pour rappeler là aussi les combats qui nous ont à jamais soudés. Des lycéens d’Amiens engagés dans la commémoration du centenaire m’accompagnent aujourd’hui, pour que le lien né entre nous sur les champs de bataille il y a cent ans continue de vivre à travers eux.

La France et l’Australie ont en partage le respect des héros. Nous leur rendrons hommage demain, à l’ANZAC mémorial de Sydney. Le monde a besoin d’écouter leur leçon, d’entendre leurs mots, leurs voix toujours vivantes, parce que détourner le regard du prix de la liberté, c’est prendre le risque de ne plus savoir la défendre. Du souvenir des batailles menées côte à côte, nos deux pays ont gardé au fond d’eux l’évidence d’une proximité.

Elle nous a permis de surmonter les incompréhensions qui nous ont éloignés, du temps des essais nucléaires. Elle nous engage aujourd’hui à y voir clair sur le caractère stratégique de notre partenariat. Ma visite n’est que la seconde d’un Président français en Australie – ce qui est quand on y songe, une anomalie. J’ai donc souhaité, à l’invitation du Premier ministre, être ici dès la première année de mon mandat, pour marquer la volonté de la France de franchir un nouveau cap avec vous. Nous sommes d’accord : une Australie forte dans la région et dans le monde est dans l’intérêt de la France et réciproquement, parce que notre vision comme nos objectifs sont parfaitement alignés. Le terme de partenariat stratégique est très souvent utilisé mais il est loin d’être galvaudé en ce qui nous concerne.

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Crédit photographie : Le Courrier Australien

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Blangy-Tronville 22/04

In April 1918, the offensive known as the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux was partially controlled from the castle of Tronville. Australian troops who launched the attack were stationed in the village along the limestone hills, as photos from the Australian War Memorial illustrate. Many wounded were treated in the village.  Our cemetery preserves the memory of the unfortunate fate of some of them.

A few decades ago, the local Council honoured the dead of 1939-1945, giving their names to the main streets of the village. Today, the village would like to pay tribute to the young men who came in the early twentieth century to fight and sometimes die, miles away from home.
On Sunday 22 April 2018, Blangy-Tronville will remember them and their ideal of freedom.

The village will baptize its school “Arthur Clifford Stribling”, private 2731, who died 25 April 1918 and who is buried in the local cemetery.

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Biography

Petite biographie sur Cecil HEALY

Cecil HEALY was born in November 1881 in Sydney. He is the son of Annie GALLOTT and Patrick Joseph Healy. He spent part of his childhood in Bowral 120km south of Sydney. But after the premature death of his father, Annie GALLOT decided to return to live with the family in Sydney. This is where Cecil HEALY will build his destiny. He registers in a swimming club where he will spend most of his time. A gifted swimmer, he won his first victories quickly. He learns the new Crawl technique that he eventually improves. He quickly became champion of Australia, Oceania and then naturally took part in the Olympic Games.

He first competed at the Intercaled Games in Athens in 1906 where he won a bronze medal and then at the Stockholm Games in 1912. He will return from these silver medallists on 100m and Olympic champion in 4x200m.


Cecil Healy travelled through Europe for the first time in 1906 and again in 1912. He then took part in many meetings in Rome, London, Hamburg, Paris… He well knows our continent and will follow its evolution from 1906 to 1913. He returned to his country at the beginning of 1913 and felt it was his duty to inform his compatriots of the situation.

In 1913 he wrote an article “Peace of Europe” in which he announced the imminence of a conflict on a global scale.

The conflict finally broke out in 1914. Europe splits in two for 4 endless years. Two fronts were to be formed, one in the West of Europe on the French soil. France was then divided in two from Dunkirk to Switzerland. While the second front is formed from the Russian border to the Dardanelles Strait in Turkey.

In September 1915, Cecil HEALY enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces at the age of 33.

He embarked in November of the same year, heading for Egypt where he began his first training before his deployment. He was posted to Le Havre in the rear line during much of the conflict. He became a second lieutenant in 1918 after training at Cambridge.

He was second lieutenant in the 19th infantry battalion in June 1918.

He led his men to the front line near Péronne in August 1918. He participated in the liberation of many villages in the East of the Somme. But the German army reorganized itself on the west side of the Somme and wanted to defend whatever the sacrifice the city of Péronne might be. The Australian army will have to face this resistance, particularly in Biaches.

C’est ici, le 29 Août 1918 que Cecil HEALY fut mortellement blessé par l’artillerie ennemi en emmenant sa compagnie à l’assaut.

Cecil HEALY is buried at the Assevillers New British Cemetery, 6 Miles from Péronne.


Updating : Coming Soon…

 

Livre de John DEVITT & Larry WRITER

Cecil HEALY, A Biography

 

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Healy on TV

Cecil Healy is one of the great forgotten figures of Australian sport. He died on the Somme during the First World War, the only Australian Olympic gold medallist to be killed in action. He was also the man behind one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship in Olympic history.

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) broadcasts a report on Cecil HEALY :

 

source : http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-03/cecil-healy-australias-forgotten-hero/9010088

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Historial of the Great War

Since 2015, the Historial de Péronne has been introducing Cecil HEALY’s profile in the new exhibition dedicated to the Australian Imperial Forces.

This hall was inaugurated on Friday 17 April 2015 in the presence of Stephen Brady, Ambassador of Australia to France.

Australian soldiers were a prominent part of the conflict here in Picardy, particularly during the liberation of Péronne and her area in September 1918.

The fighting that took place in the Somme is well known to Australians and is even part of the history curriculum in Australia.

“There is no one in our midst who has not read or heard the account of the hard fights that took place here in the streets of Péronne”

Stephen BRADY


Interview de l’ambassadeur australien

An interactive tablet shows the biography of a few Australian soldiers including Cecil HEALY or John Ignatius MONEY, buried at the Assevillers New British Cemetery.

 

  Historial of the Great War

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Australian Remembrance Trail of the Battle of Mont-Saint-Quentin

The Battle of Mont Saint Quentin holds a very important place in Australian collective memory. At the end of summer 1918 (29 August to 2 September), in the fight for this heavily defended German position, 3,000 Australian soldiers were made casualty in just four days. This battle led to the liberation of Péronne and is known in Australia as one of the greatest feats of arms of the Australian Army Corps.
In the spring of 2015, with the support of the Australian Embassy and contributions from specialist historians, the Historial created a remembrance trail on this former battleground, with interpretative information provided at six points, incorporating the Australian Memorial.

Australian Remembrance Trail :

  • duration : 20-30 min
  • Distance : 1.2 km
  • 6 steps.
  • Parking possible near Mont SaintQuentin Church

 

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Café d’Histoire :

A conference on Cecil Healy will take place at Historial on June 19, 2018.

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