A number of Tattersalls Members and their families have served with distinction, some paying the ultimate sacrifice, particularly in the First and Second World Wars. Several Members served in both wars.
Lt Col Blair Wark VC DSO MID is perhaps the most awarded. Blair won a VC for bravery in operations against the Hindenburg Line at Bellicourt in 1918.
Our Club also has a proud history of support for the Anzac traditions.
During and shortly after World War One, Tattersalls had raised over £75,000 (the equivalent to approximately $6,000,000 today) for a variety of war efforts and hospitals.
Most notable was the construction of 16 cottages in the Matraville Soldiers Village, through a donation of £10,000.
“In August 1951, a letter was received which seemed to epitomise everything Tattersalls stood for, a simple expression of gratitude which proved the worth of all previous efforts to help the less privileged. It came from E.W. Edwards who, as a badly disabled soldier, had lived in the Tattersalls block at the Matraville Garden Village for 30 years. He had lived a full and happy life and his three sons were now well established in Sydney’s commercial life. He was certain that the Club’s action in providing homes for maimed men when they needed help most, was mainly responsible for his happy state of affairs.” Tattersalls Club History 1858 – 1983, Joseph Andersen.
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