Quick Facts

When:15 -29 July 2016
Key Highlights:
  • Guided battlefield tour
  • Attendance at Pozieres Commemoration Ceremony
  • Presentation by WW2 French Resistance
  • Attendance at Ravivage de la Flamme

Contact Details





Adelaide (4): Rachel Skehan; Anneliese Abela; Natasia Mitton-Baker; Ivy Tugado
Albury (4): Chloe Trevor; James Towne; Chelsea Goldsworthy; Celia Trevor
Bendigo (3): Claire Short; Keegan Short; Lewis Short
Brisbane (12): Hannah Clarke; Alysha Coulson, Stephanie Cashman; Tiani Le Var; Kelly Ashby; Kelly Randall; Christopher Croon; James Wiltshire; Emily Wiltshire; Glen Youd; John Keys; Shaira Keys
Brisbane Waters (2): Tegan Logos; Chantelle Foster
Bundaberg (3): Shannon O’Connor: Rachael Anderson, Brianna Anderson
Cairns (1): Patrina Strike
Canberra (6): Liam Warcaba; Bradley Stewart; Shinae Burke; Sheridan Kelly; Kate MacInnes; Merrin Boyer
Far North Coast (2): Jessica Prior; Grace Lund
Fraser Coast (1):Kristy-Lee Hopwood
Gold Coast (3):Kaylee Martin; Maddison Black; Maddison Spedding
Hobart (2):Joshua Walsh; David Butler
Ipswich (2): James Allardyce; Liberty Engler
Launceston (1): Kelsey Breward
Melbourne (5): Brenton Noye; Evan Rodwell; Tim Potter; Jakki Kedjae; Jessica Potter
Mornington Peninsula (1): Nathan Barnes
Perth (7): Christian Martin; Jacinta Blum; Kirstie Morrison: Jared Morrison; Joshua Nary; Elle-Lou Diddams; Henry Diddams
Port Macquarie / Hastings (1): Melanie West
Sydney (10): Peter Brown; John Harris; Melinda Thomas; Melissa MacCulloch; Megan Wiblen; Jacob Wiblen; Russell Miller; Jeremiah Wiblen: Stanley Massam; Jacob Till
Taree (1): Victoria Saunders
Toowoomba (2): Amber Glasgow; Courtney Borthwick
Wagga (1): Zachary Butcher
Wollongong South Coast (2): Sophie Barnes; Tayla Hogno

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Support Staff

Charles M Wright AM – Tour Ambassador & Spokesperson
Charles was called up for National Service in 1965 and did a tour of duty in South Vietnam in 1967 in 6RAR and 2RAR. Secretary of the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home & Memorial Committee in 1984- 1992. Appointed to the Council of the Australian War Memorial in 1983 - 94. Formally the Chief Executive Officer of RSPCA from 1982 - 1993 and following retirement appointed President of Sydney Legacy from 2003 - 2005 and then Chairman of Legacy Australia from 2011 - 2013.

Charles was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2014 for his services to Legacy and the RSPCA.
Some 4 years ago Charles had a dream to send up to 100 Legacy Youth to France to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of Pozieres and visit other battles sites on the Western Front to learn and understand of the enormous sacrifices our forefathers gave during WW1 which was the basis of why Legacy was formed 92 years ago. Charles has been appointed the Tour Ambassador by the Legacy Australia Board.

Now retired and loving it on the Gold Coast with his wife Christine and Ruby an Australian Terrier and a member of the Gold Coast Legacy Club.

Leigh Wrighton-Jones - Administrative Assistant
Leigh Wrighton-Jones is 34 years old and currently lives in Canberra, volunteering for Canberra Legacy. Leigh has served in the Royal Australian Air Force for 15 years (currently a Squadron Leader) as an Aeronautical Engineer, and is posted to the Joint Strike Fighter project next year. Leigh began fundraising for London Legacy on a posting to the UK, cycling from London to Paris. Leigh officially joined Melbourne Legacy in March 2011 and transferred to Canberra Legacy in January 2013.

Leigh is heavily involved with Canberra Legacy in the role of Vice President and is on the Board of Directors. Leigh has also previously been Chairman of the Junior Welfare Committee, and continues to organise the annual Florence Foundation Visit to Canberra in the week leading up to ANZAC Day. Major contributions with Canberra Legacy include promoting a New Generation Legacy Group for younger Widow(er)s who have children who are still studying.

Leigh joined Legacy to help out the young families who have unfortunately lost a loved one during, or as a result of, their Service to their country. With a young family of his own he is very aware of how important such support is. Leigh especially enjoys organising social activities and camps for the young Legacy children. Seeing the smiles on their faces and the happiness of their guardians is reward enough.

Leigh has an extremely supportive wife, Katie, and a four year old son, Sam, with another boy due in late December 2015. Leigh enjoys most sports, and especially enjoys the gym or a run, being a qualified Personal Trainer in a previous life.

Anthony Hambleton, AM CSC - Tour Coordinator
Tony graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in December 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Military History. Upon graduation he was allocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. In a 32 year career in the Australian Regular Army, he has completed various military appointments, commanding at Platoon, Company and Battalion level. He has deployed and been posted overseas on a number of occasions. He has operated at the strategic level in Defence and Army with his final appointment as Director General Personnel - Army. He transferred to the Standby Reserve in April 2014. He is married to Louise and they have three boys who are 19, 17 and 13. Anthony is now part of Canberra Legacy

Darryl Kelly, OAM - Tour Coordinator
Darryl is a professional soldier with 38 years of service and a member of Canberra Legacy. An artilleryman by trade, he rose through the ranks to become one of the senior Regimental Sergeant Major’s in the Australian Army, most notably being appointed as Regimental Sergeant Major of the 2nd Division and Training Command - Army before commissioning to the rank of Major. He is an avid military historian and published author, specialising in the First AIF. He is an amateur Battlefield guide and historian with significant detailed knowledge and contacts on the Western Front. He is married to Deborah and they have three children, with two sons serving in the Army.

Liz McDougall – Media Communications specialist
Liz has worked with Sydney Legacy for 5 years in a media/communications role. She has more than 30 years as a journalist working mainly on The Manly Daily but also as a feature writer across many platforms. She is administrator of several social media sites for private and community groups.
A mother of four adult children, she lived in Japan, The Philippines and Fiji and was actively involved in running Brownies and a similar challenge group at her daughters’ schools.
She has spent several weeks in southern France in recent years visiting friends in Monaco and the Loire and has managed to navigate her way around public transport, areas of interest and restaurants despite her limited knowledge of French.
Her father flew with Bomber Command during World War II and his father served on the Western Front, so she is keen to learn more about his service. He was Vice President of Sydney Legacy and co-founder of the War Veterans Home, now RSL Retirement Village at Narrabeen.

Barbara Boyer – Psychologist
Barbara’s clinical training was undertaken at the The Australian National University (ANU), she is a registered psychologist with clinical endorsement. She has expertise in the treatment of anxiety, depression, grief and loss, psychological trauma and sleep difficulties. Barbara routinely works with Defence members and their families, with individuals across the age spectrum assisting with adjustment, mental health and wellbeing. Her extensive professional training enables her to support in the assessment and treatment of complex presentations. Her special interests include working with adolescents, in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression and grief and loss. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including schools, hospital, headspace, she is currently in private practice in Canberra.

Kate Wheatley – Assistant Medic and Administrative Assistant
Kate graduated from her honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in December 2011. Since 2013 Kate has been working for Thales Australia at its Bendigo facility, where the company’s Bushmaster and Hawkei vehicles are designed and built. The Bushmaster has saved numerous Australian soldiers’ lives on operations, and is a great example of Australian innovation. Kate started her journey with Legacy in her graduate program at Thales, where through her dedication and growing passion for Legacy she was awarded the Graduate Legacy award for 2014. As well as being an engineer, Kate qualified as a first level paramedic at the Meditrax Academy in 2005. She is a young and enthusiastic individual and a dedicated sports person, competing in running marathons, rowing, and river paddling. Kate grew up in South Africa and after completing her degree she moved to Australia. She now lives near Bendigo with her husband on a small rural property.

Wendy Billingslea - Interpreter, Paris Tour Guide and Administrative Assistant
Wendy Billingslea has been a tour leader for student and adult groups across Europe and a guide in France for 15 years. She studied fine arts and art history in Paris, New York and London, and holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins College of Art in London. She has also worked in simultaneous conference interpreting and teaching. She is passionate about history, art history, painting, contemporary art, as well as yoga and meditation. She works as a volunteer helping homeless people in Paris in the winter time. She loves and encourages others to explore languages, travel and cultures.

Jacqui De Gelder – Tour Medic
Jacqui joined the Australian Army in 2004. She was allocated to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps and qualified as an Army Medic. She completed standard regimental appointments and deployed to the Middle East as part of the Force Level Logistic Asset where she was awarded the Soldier’s Medallion for exemplary service. Jacqui later deployed to Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment where she dealt with multiple traumas and mass casualty situations, both within a hospital and whilst on patrol. Her devotion to duty and expertise was recognised in the 2011 Australia Day Awards with a Commendation for Distinguished Service. In August 2013 Jacqui transferred to the Army Reserve in order to complete a Bachelor of Nursing.

Willie Mohan - Battlefield Tour Guide
Willie Mohan is a battlefield guide living in Brussels; a city whose location places it within easy distance of some of the most pivotal battles in European history. Having been touring the battlefields of Northern Europe for over 30 years, Willie has intimate knowledge of the conflicts that took place in these areas but more importantly the men themselves with a strong emphasis on Australians, from Field Marshalls down to the lowliest Private. Willie brings to vivid life how men live, fought and died on the field of battle during some of the most momentous struggles in European history.

Todd Smithson – Security Adviser and Administrative Assistant
Todd Smithson is Thales Australia and New Zealand’s Chief Security Officer and Technology Control Manager as well as Regional Security Manager for South Asia Pacific for the Thales Group. He has extensive experience in the area of National Security policy, development and implementation. Prior to Thales Todd enjoyed a successful career with the Australia government working as a Security and Accreditation manager with the Department. of Prime Minister and Cabinet (within the APEC 2007 Taskforce) and as a Senior Security Adviser for the Department. of Defence. Apart from being a security specialist, Todd is an avid francophone who can speak French and who spent many years in France for work, study and for watching the Le Tour de France. Todd is currently studying a Law Degree, enjoys cycling and learning history.


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