Remembering sacrifices made by KI families this ANZAC Day

KI BOYS: K. Burdon, W. McIntyre , M. Burgess, L. Ayliffe, A. Gasmier and Keith Tiggemann photographed in Kingscote in 1941.
KI BOYS: K. Burdon, W. McIntyre , M. Burgess, L. Ayliffe, A. Gasmier and Keith Tiggemann photographed in Kingscote in 1941.

As we prepare to observe ANZAC Day for 2019, we can contemplate the sacrifices made by Kangaroo Island residents in various theatres of war over the years.

Robert Tiggemann has sent to The Islander a number of photos from his family archives.

One of the photos was taken in Kingscote in 1941 and show six local men, including his uncle Keith Tiggeman. The others are K. Burdon, W. McIntyre , M. Burgess, L. Ayliffe and A. Gasmier.

Robert explains that Keith and his three brothers were his uncles and Keith was the only one of the brothers killed in the war.

"Keith served in North Africa and was fatally injured at El Alamein by German bombing," he said. "He is buried in Heliopolis War cemetery in Cairo"

Keith's brother Mick served in North Africa and was one of the "Rats of Tobruk", while brother Douglas also served in North Africa and brother Jim served in the Solomon Islands and Bougainville.

"Keith's mother and father, his five brothers and five sisters were devastated at Keith's death," Robert said.

"Keith's mother, Jane, also lost her brother in WWI so you can only imagine her stress at four sons away in WWII."

This Beaufort Bomber has Japanese writing on the bottom of wing saying the war is over.

This Beaufort Bomber has Japanese writing on the bottom of wing saying the war is over.

Robert also sent us a photo of a Beaufort Bomber that has Japanese writing on the bottom of wing saying the war is over. He found the photo in his uncle's records.

"It was used over the jungles in Solomon Islands to advise the Japanese soldiers," he said.

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