Remembrance Day 2017, an important one for Tarlee

Tarlee farmer Arthur Clifford Stribling will be remebered forever with a French school to be renamed in his honour after his sacrifice in World War I.

Tarlee farmer Arthur Clifford Stribling will be remebered forever with a French school to be renamed in his honour after his sacrifice in World War I.

To help raise funds for a small party of school children, from Tarlee, and their chaperons to attend the renaming ceremony of the Blangy-Tronville school a dinner is being held. 

Tarlee Remembers Dinner, will be held on November 11, 2017 in the Tarlee Hall, featuring a WWI information and fun night starting at 7pm. 

Entry is ticket only at a cost of $30 each.

This event is to raise funds for the Tarlee to Blangy – Tronville 2018 committee to help fund the trip by the congregation to attend and participate in the renaming ceremony of the Blangy-Tronville school to the Arthur Clifford Stribling School and to lay a wreath at Villers-Bretonneux on Anzac Day.

This ceremony (school name change) will be held on April 22, 2018.

The event will see funds  go towards expenses not covered by the unexpected donation from the state government, this was given to help cover the expense of traveling to France to represent the community and school children of Tarlee.

Funds will also help with the expense of the production of an educational resource that can be used by the community, teachers and schools – this will commence after the trip and is currently in planning stage. 

To purchase tickets, contact Michelle Heathfield on 0427 184 474.

What made Arthur Clifford Stribling so special?

2731 Private Arthur Clifford Stribling,”Cliff”, as he was known to his family and friends; was just an ordinary person.

Born on February 4, 1890 and raised on’ Hill’s View Farm’ (now owned by the Rhode family) near a small but significant Mid North Town of Tarlee.

He was the third child and eldest son, of seven children of Alfred George and Jane Murray Stribling. Arthur loved the farm and work with his father until he joined the army in 1916.

Arthur enlisted in Adelaide on the 19th July 1916, and was assigned to the 50th Battalion.

This Battalion chiefly comprised of men from South Australia and fought on the Western Front in France.

Arthur was part of the Allied force that stopped the German advance towards Amiens in April 1918 and subsequent recaptured the town of Villers-Bretonneux.

He left behind his parent’s four sisters, two brothers and his fiancée.

In the early hours of  April 25, 1918, Arthur was fatally injured near Villers-Bretonneux and transported to a field hospital where he died hours later from injuries sustained in battle on Anzac Day in the Somme region in 1918, aged 28.

Later he was buried in the Blangy–Tronville cemetery (about four miles from Amies).

So why was he chosen?

He was not a recorded hero; though to his family and friends he may well have been. He was not decorated or written up in dispatches. He was one of thousands of young men who went to fight on foreign soil, many miles from home and loved ones, for what they believed was the right and only thing to do.

They went to protect the way of life we still enjoy today. The right to be free, to speak our minds freely and without fear of imprisonment or death. The right to justice and honest fair judgement. The right to be respected and treated with respect, the right to act and behave as we will, provided we respect the rights and safety of others.

He was chosen precisely for all these reasons, because he represents the typical “Aussie Digger” and the fact he died on April 25 which the French are aware this day’s great significance for Australians.

Therefore Private 2731, Arthur Clifford Stribling, being the only Australian soldier to be buried in the town’s cemetery who died on that date; it was decided he was an ideal representative of all Australian service men who died in France during WWI.