|The marriage of Clarice and Ernest at West Mudros, Lemnos in 1915. AWM|
|The grave of Clarice and Ernest Lawrence, St Kilda Cemetery. Photo Jim Claven 2017|
Attendees included descendants of Clarice and Ernest - Christina Chapman, Glen Chapman and Richard Hall. Also present were the Hon Michael Danby, Federal MP for Melbourne Ports, Councillor Dick Gross from the City of Port Phillip, Ms Sandra Khazam from the City of Port Phillip and Anzac Historian Hugh Dolan, whose of 36 Days and Gallipoli Air War.
Mr John Salpigiditis of the George Devine Treloar Memorial Committee with Ms Jan Armstrong, a relative of Ballarat’s George Devine Treloar. Photo Jim Claven 2017
In laying the Committee’s wreath at the grave, Committee President Mr Lee Tarlamis addressed the assembly, praising the role of Australia’s nurses - like Clarice - who diligently tended to the thousands of wounded and sick soldiers from the Gallipoli fronts in 1915. He said it was a particular honour for all of us to be joined today by members of the Daley-Lawrence family.
“It was also significant that today members of Melbourne’s Hellenic community are joined with the descendants of these two Anzac's to honour their service all those years ago on the Island of Lemnos,” Lee added.
Descendants of Clarice and Ernest Lawrence at their grave, from left, Christina Chapman, Glenn Chapman and Richard Hall. Photo Jim Claven 2017
Secretary of the Committee, Mr Jim Claven, said that it was important that we recognized the service of Anzac’s like Clarice and Ernest. He said that they embodied the connection between Lemnos and Australia through the Anzac story and it was fitting that their resting place be acknowledged.
“Those Anzac's who served on Lemnos and returned to Australia carried the memory of their experience of Lemnos and its supportive Islanders back to Australia’s shores. These memories are captured in the hundreds of photographs of Lemnos and references to the Island in their letters, diaries and in memoirs. But this connection is also symbolized in graves such as Clarice and Ernest’s,” Jim stated.
Mr Claven believes that Clarice and Ernest’s grave is also significant in that it is one of very few to contain the remains of two Anzac's – a nurse and a digger.
The Committee has raised the prospect of greater recognition of Clarice and Ernest’s grave and intends to hold a regular service at the grave site.
A big thank you to both Neos Kosmos and Ta Nea for reporting our commemorations. To see the article in Neos Kosmos (in Greek), click here and here for the English version. To see the article in Ta Nea (in English), click here.
For more information on the service of Nurse Clarice Daley and Sergeant Ernest Lawrence, please follow the link by clicking here.
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee