Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Honorary member of Passchendaele Society, Diane Melloy as WWI widow to Gallipoli

Diane Melloy - Picture: Megan Slade
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs of Australia, senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, announced the names of the ten widows of Australian First World War veterans travelling to Gallipoli for this year’s Anzac Day Services on April 13, 2015.
One of those ten widows who went to Gallipoli is Diane MELLOY from Woombye, QLD!

It is nice to know that Diane is a honorary member of the Passchendaele Society in Belgium. After she lost her husband Major  Robert "Bob" Sidney MELLOY (who served with the 42nd Battalion AIF and has his best friend buried on Tyne Cot Cemetery ),  Diane remarried a French historian Jacques Follet and she was living in Northern France during some years. In that period she and her French husband started a small Australian museum ( MusĂ©e Franco-Australien) in Vieux Berquin (France) in 1997.

Bob Melloy died in 1993 after a long and very special life. He was a veteran of WWI and WWII.


I had the honour to met her and Jacques in 2007, during the events around 90 year Battle of Passchendaele.

In 2008, Diane and Jacques made the decision to go back to Australia and the couple offered me a big part of their collection (about 400 items) for the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Also including some special personal items belonging to her late husband Major Bob Melloy and who are on display in the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.
You can still a part of the collection here: http://archief.wo1.be/jwe/2008/juli/zonnebeke2307/body1.htm

I'm still in contact with Diane and she gives me these links for her interview and newspaper articles about her trip to Gallipoli:



 





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