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