AEDT – Brightlingsea – Centenary

 

 Image courtesy – Brightlingsea Museum

The Australian Engineers Training Depot (AETD) was established in Brightlingsea, Essex England in 1916 and during  the second half of World War I, thousands of Australian’s and many  of the New Zealand troops spent time in Brightlingsea, many learning the skills of the ‘sapper’ in conditions made to mimic those on the western front.

A few of the ‘originals’ from the 1st Field Company  Engineers had spent time both training and teaching new reinforcements in order to attain their commission whilst stationed at Brightlingsea.

For 100 years Brightlingsea  has maintained this connection to the ANZAC’S and particularly its interest in the Engineering Corp.

2016 is the year that the Brightlingsea Museum has organised a centenary remembrance of the ANZAC and particularly its interest in the Engineers and tracing serviceman who married while stationed in Brightlingsea and later whisked their wives off to Australia.

Three “originals” did in fact get married whilst in England and transfered to the AETD.

Sappers 103 Archie Leslie Ogilvy , 140 Ernest Charles Tubbenhauer and 153 Philip James Charmichael, each of them married while in England.  Although their wives were not native to Brightlingsea, the war records indicate a connection with Brightlingsea, each of them living there while their new husbands were at the AETD.

All three men would return home to Australia after the war, with their brides.

 

The Museum is conducting a wonderful event “Brightlingsea ANZAC Centenary weekend 17th, 18th & 19th June 2016.”

 

Links to the Museum and the centenary events and the  BBC story are below….

http://www.brightlingseamuseum.com/articles.html

https://brightlingseaanzaccentenary.org/2016/03/18/world-war-one-open-day-at-brightlingsea-museum-2/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01x211v

Sources and images : Courtesy Brightlingsea Museum

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