Trip to hon­our great-un­cle’s mem­ory

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

AS­COT res­i­dent Sue Hall will travel to France to hon­our her great-un­cle dur­ing what she ex­pects to be an emo­tional An­zac Day ser­vice.

He en­listed as Fred An­der­son, although his le­gal name was Fritz Bech­tel, and died on April 25, 1918, af­ter serv­ing with the Aus­tralian Im­pe­rial Forces on the West­ern Front.

He was buried at Bon­nay Com­mu­nal Ceme­tery, not far from the mod­ern day Aus­tralian Na­tional Memo­rial at Villers Bre­ton­neux.

“I went over in 2009 and my hus­band brought some soil over from here and put it on his grave,” Mrs Hall said.

“I’m ex­pect­ing it to be emo­tional, es­pe­cially the An­zac Day ser­vice. I’ll be go­ing over with my hus­band and a few fam­ily mem­bers.”

Bech­tel spent part of his child­hood at a house in River­vale, which was called Ta­nunda at the time but is now known as Hill 60.

He was shot in the ab­domen on April 24 at Villers Bre­ton­neaux and died the next day.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt­mu­ni­ d480551

Sue Hall will be trav­el­ling to France for the An­zac Day ser­vice to hon­our her great-un­cle Fred An­der­son.

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