Lives can never be valued, nor repaid....No one can ever give Charles his life back.

When Lachlan Moore, a student at the Launceston Church Grammar School, in Tasmania, researched his relative Corporal Charles Moore, for the Frank MacDonald Study Tour in 2017, he was well aware that historical facts and figures represented the loss of lives, and wrote:

"Charles Moore was just one man, one of the 17 million lives that the Great War stole, so in the scheme of things, when attempting to contemplate such colossal statistics, it may seem as though it matters little. The truth is it matters more than anything, for lives can never be valued nor repaid. No one can ever give Charles his life back.

What these men and women had to go through will never be vindicated nor redressed. What we can do, and what we must do, is tell the stories of the men and women who went through this pain. Empathise with, salute our military heroes, past, and present and most importantly, we must listen to their stories."

The importance of telling the stories

Through the Frank MacDonald Study Tour of the Western Front, Lachlan had the opportunity to hear the stories of soldiers and nurses and tell the story of Charles Moore, his great-grandfather's uncle.

Lachlan's decision to research Charles Moore for the Frank MacDonald Memorial Study Tour was timely.

While pondering whether to choose Charles as the soldier to research for the Frank MacDonald Study Tour, one of Lachlan's relatives was contacted by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  The commission was attempting to find a DNA sample from one of Charles’ family members to clarify the possibility that Charles was buried in a recently uncovered mass grave in Pheasant Wood, France.

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