Wellington woman remembers uncle killed at Fromelles

A Fromelles Memorial Service at Bodangora had special significance for one Wellington woman.

Marj Smith’s uncle, Edwin ‘Ted’ Hubbard was killed during the First World War battle on July 19, 1916.

Mr Hubbard had grown up at Maryvale and was only 22 when he died.

“My mother was only seven when he went to war, and he was a brother and an uncle who was never forgotten,” Ms Smith said.

“There were 25 nieces and nephews and they all talked about him.”

Fromelles came into the spotlight after the discovery of a mass grave near the town in 2009.

A process was then undertaken to identify Australian war dead through anthropological, archaeological, historical and DNA profiling techniques,

Ms Smith and a cousin provided DNA in the hope it would lead to their uncle’s remains being identified.

“I don’t think they will ever find him, I doubt they will, but you don’t know these things,” she said.

Ms Smith made the trip to Bodangora for the day.

“I thought it was a nice service, I went to school with Maurice and I appreciate what he’s done,” she said.

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