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MINING MUD & MEDALS Facebook and WIKI page:

MINING, MUD & MEDALS Facebook page is designed to highlight the role of the ANZAC tunnellers in WW1 – especially those who hailed from the Ballarat Electorate as well as many other WW1 related information.  The Facebook page connects with similar groups on many levels, for example, it is regularly updated with news items, hyperlinks to handy research websites, specialist information, photos, and advance notices about ANZAC related events. Anyone interested in the history of WW1 will find a plethora of interesting items on this site which is aptly named: Mining Mud & Medals.


…as they say there’s more……

Mining Mud & Medals are working hard on a Wiki page, with information on:

The Mining Corps, the Battlefields, biographies, miners, maps and repatriation.




If you have WW1 ‘Tunnellers’ in your family, please contact us via:





Major General Harold Edward ‘Pompey’ Elliott

Major General Harold Edward ‘Pompey’ Elliott.

‘The War that changed us” is the story of Australia and the First World War revealed through the lives of six Australians.

Brought to life through personal testimony, dramatic reconstruction, expert analysis, location filming and colourised archive.




One of the people highlighted in the documentary was Major General Harold Edward Elliott, better known as “Pompey”.

On ABC TV this week, the last episode of: ‘The War that changed us”. If you’ve missed the last episode (or would like to see the series again)

you can still see it via this link:





Historian Ross McMullin, spoke in the series about ‘Pompey’, but has also written a book about him:

‘Pompey’ also had a strong link with Ballarat. He was born near Ballarat in 1878 and he obtained his early education at Ballarat College.

In the central part of Ballarat, on Sturt street, there stands a special statue dedicated to him. It was unveiled in 2011.




Sapper Harold Evelyn Baxter

Harold Evelyn Baxter – place of association: Snake Valleybaxter

On his enlistment papers, he has his father living in Snake Valley.

PHOTO: An Australian cemetery on the beach at Anzac Cove.

The grave at the far right is of 182 Sapper (Spr) Harold Evelyn Baxter,

2nd Field Company Australian Engineers. A telephone mechanic from Melbourne,

Victoria, prior to enlistment, he embarked on HMAT Orvieto on 20 October 1914 for Gallipoli.

Spr Baxter was killed in action on 3 June 1915, aged 23 years. (Via AWM)