this paper is a response to my opportunity to take part in a pilgrimage to the World War I Western Front Battle sites, and graves, as part of a Military History Tour fro Anzac Day 2009. I took part in this tour in order to fulfil a long term ambition to visit, as others in my family have done, the grave of my grandfather's nephew, Frank O'Callaghan, who is buried in Poperinghe, near Ypres in Belgium.

I am also embarking on the publication of Frank's brother Jack's war diary from 1916. Jack was an Ambulance Driver and his reflections on the pastoral impact of various sections of the war effort form a powerful back drop to appreciating the long term power of pastoral care in battle zones, which provides a framework for examining myths and realities of ANZAC with new eyes.



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