Tarlee members to visit Blangy-Tronville in France

Artist Robert Hannaford, with Alaine Corbiere from Blangy-Tronville, France, with the portrait of Private Arthur Clifford Stribling.
Artist Robert Hannaford, with Alaine Corbiere from Blangy-Tronville, France, with the portrait of Private Arthur Clifford Stribling.

The community of Tarlee is preparing for some of their number to visit France.  

World War I historian, Nick Smyth, of  Roseworthy, presents his address at the Tarlee Remembrance Dinner.

World War I historian, Nick Smyth, of Roseworthy, presents his address at the Tarlee Remembrance Dinner.

An unexpected and unique opportunity came two years ago when the people of Blangy-Tronville in France, contacted Tarlee, seeking information on Private Arthur Clifford Stribling, who was mortally wounded in the nearby battlefields of World War One, and was buried in their small cemetery.

The purpose of their contact was to seek permission from the descendant relatives of Pte Stribling to name their Elementary School after him.  

Consent was given and as a consequence they, and others from Tarlee, have been invited to the naming ceremony to be held on April 22, 2018. 

A total of 10 members of the Tarlee community, which includes four school age children, are to be hosted by the Blangy-Tronville community in April 2018, and will also attend Villers Bretonneux on Anzac Day 2018.

On Remembrance Day a commemoration dinner, catered for by the Tarlee Hotel, was held in the Tarlee Hall to promote the occasion and to give some history of the first World War to all present.

The project was buoyed by the news that Jay Weatherill, Premier of SA, had detoured on his recent trip to France, to visit Blang-Tronville, and pay his respects at the grave of Pte Stribling, to all the Australian War personnel, who lost their lives in this area of World War One.  

Tarlee residents sending  a cheerio (by email) to Blangy-Tronville at the conclusion of the Tarlee Dinner.

Tarlee residents sending a cheerio (by email) to Blangy-Tronville at the conclusion of the Tarlee Dinner.

A giant raffle with prizes donated by many local businesses raised funds to assist those making the trip in April 2018.  

A portrait of Pte Stribling painted by Robert Hannaford of Riverton, was unveiled by Tarlee historian, John Tayler, and is to be presented to the school in Blangy-Tronville, at the naming ceremony.

Alaine Corbiere, the person who initiated the project, and his wife Patricia, from Blangy-Tronville, visited Tarlee in August and met many of those who plan to attend the naming ceremony.