TURKEY had been the last stop in an Albury teacher’s decade of research.
Former James Fallon High School history teacher Colleen Johnson has been digging into the story of an Albury soldier killed at Gallipoli on Anzac Day, 1915.
Private Arthur Valentine Potter was killed in action as the Diggers stormed ashore on the first day of the campaign.
Ms Johnson said his body had not been found for some time before it was buried on the battlefield and she had been determined to visit his grave.
“I was so emotional reading all the letters his parents sent to authorities at the time,” she said.
“You couldn’t even begin to imagine how they were feeling.”
She felt an immediate connection when she finally saw Private Potter’s grave at the Lone Pine Cemetery.
“There I was and there he was after all this time,” she said.
“People forget what his family in Albury must have gone through.
“We must pay attention to this young son of Albury and how sad it is that so many soldiers were all just left there.”
Ms Johnson’s experience will be displayed through an artwork at an exhibition opening this weekend.
She visited Turkey with five other Albury art and history teachers last November and they have all painted their memories and experiences to share with the Border.
Talking Turkey opens at the Creators Gallery on Friday and runs daily from 10am to 4pm until Tuesday.