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THE 100th anniversary of the disastrous
Battle of Fromelles, in France, is being remem-
bered this year on July 19.
This was not only the first major battle fought
by Australian troops on the Western Front but
the most costly in terms of casualties.
Three Phillip Islanders – James Sheen, Harry
Heard and Alexander McLardy – were amongst
the thousands who took part in this horren-
dous encounter against the Germans.
Sadly, it claimed the life of James Sheen.
1795 Pte. James Sheen was born on May 8,
1891 at North Melbourne to New Zealander
James Sheen and Susannah Walton.
He was a grandson of early settler George
Walton of Rhyll.
James was brought up on Phillip Island and
attended the Cowes State School.
He was a labourer, married with three chil-
dren and living at Bealiba at time of enlistment
in the 2/58th Battalion on March 21, 1916.
Five of his brothers also enlisted.
He embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Eu-
ripides on April 4, 1916.
The Battalion disembarked at Alexandria for
training and James was transferred to the 60th
They arrived at Marseilles on June 29 and
were sent to Fromelles.
On the evening of July 19, the Australian 5th
Division and the British 61st Division attacked
the Fromelles ridge in a diversionary attack in-
tended to draw German attention from the allies.
These two divisions were both new to the sec-
tor and lacked local battle experience.
The men had to assault over open fields criss-
crossed with drainage ditches and in the face of
heavy machine-gun and artillery fire.
Many fell, while others were overwhelmed by
The attack failed, with 5000 Australian casu-
alties, and no ground was taken.
It was a cruel introduction to major combat,
one from which the 5th Division was a long
On the second day of the attack on Fromelles
ridge, James died at the No 2 Casualty Clearing
Station as a result of wounds received in action.
He was buried at Bailleul Communal Cem-
James Sheen is commemorated on the
Cowes School Roll of Honour and the RSL Roll
The two other locals, L/Cpl. Alexander Thom-
as McLardy, carpenter of Cowes and Sgt. Henry
Hastings Heard, oysterman of Rhyll, were both
in the 29th Battalion.
McLardy was wounded in the left leg on July
19/20 and was evacuated to England.
He returned to Australia in 1919 and married
Beatrice Walton at Cowes in 1921.
Heard survived the battle unscathed but was
killed in action on September 26/27 1917 dur-
ing the battle for Polygon Wood near Ypres.
He was buried in the vicinity of Polygon Wood
but has no known grave.
Off to war: Local lads, from left, Harry Heard, Len McFee, Bob White, Alan McFee and Jim
Smith awaiting the ferry Vixen at Rhyll in 1915. Harry Heard was one of the thousands of
Australian troops to fight in the disastrous Battle of Fromelles, in France, 100 years ago.
Photo: PIDHS collection.
A STATE Government Bill, backed by Ne-
whaven College students, that supports mental
health services for adolescents, will be consid-
ered by the Minister for Youth Affairs.
The Implementing the School Psychologists
Program Bill 2016, aimed to install one psy-
chologist per 300 students in every state pri-
mary and secondary school in Victoria.
The bill was presented by six of the college’s
students, participating in the Victorian Youth
The bill successfully passed the Youth Parlia-
ment’s Legislative Assembly last week and will
now be passed onto Minister for Families and
Children and Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny
Mikakos, for consideration.
Newhaven College team member Jessie Van
Hamond said the bill was of utmost impor-
tance, with suicide the largest killer of 16-24
“Mental illness, the invisible monster, cannot
be faced with a blind eye,” Jessie said.
“We must not continue to remain idle in the
face of this deadly situation.”
College student Claire Antsey supported the
bill, saying the program would provide stu-
dents with strategies to help them cope with the
struggles of adolescence.
“We wouldn’t hesitate to help people suffering
from a physical disability, so why do we disre-
gard the importance of mental health?” Claire
State MP for Bass Brian Paynter was acting
speaker during the Youth Parliament debate.
Newhaven College win for mental health
Newhaven College’s Alex Swan, Matthew Fletcher, Brian Paynter (Member for Bass), Jessie
Van Hamond, Claire Antsey, Lauren Adams and Saxon Taylor at State Parliament after the
student’s bill successfully passed the Youth Parliament.
Roger Morris goes to sea
ROGER Morris is becoming a
well-known local on the San Remo
jetty, where he moors his 32ft boat,
the Chinook. He bought the boat
four months ago and has restored
it. He plans to head out in it to Bass
Strait to fish – all despite having
only one arm.
Q: How long have you lived on
A: My family have had a holiday
house at Rhyll for 30 years but my
wife (Faye) and I moved to Sunset
Strip five years ago from Geraldton
in Western Australia.
Q: Tell us about the Chinook
A: It’s about 30 years old and was
built by a naval architect for cray-
fishing. I bought it because it was
the ease of getting into it. I lost my
arm in a work accident – working in
construction in the mining industry
eight years ago. So it’s easier for me
to have a boat that is moored at the
jetty rather than trailer it in the bay.
Q: How will you fish with one
A: I’ll get an electric reel. Be-
cause I’ll be fishing out in the ocean
I don’t need to cast. I’ll also have
some fixed hand reels. I’ll start
fishing in the bay and once I get my
confidence up head out to deeper
Q: What do you love about the
A: I just love being near the water.
I can’t say I like the weather though.
Q: Tell us something islanders
wouldn’t know about you.
A: I’ve always restored cars – Ca-
dillacs. I just finished restoring one
and have another that needs restor-
ing, but I wanted a break from cars
so it was nice to restore the Chi-
nook. I sanded the hull right back
and re-wired it.
Roger Morris’ newly restored boat, the Chinook
Roger Morris is pictured eating fish and chips at the
San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op
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