931 bears sponsored to 617 primary schools by 519 sponsors... Thank You Club Rivers (Riverwood Legion & Community Club) For Donating Bert Jones - Light Horse Bear to Peakhurst South Public School - PEAKHURST HEIGHTS Winchelsea RSL - Our most recent donor - Thank you Thank You Lions Club of Hannan's Goldfields For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Coolgardie Primary School - COOLGARDIE Thank You In loving memory of Sergeant William Leyshon For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Kingswood Public School - KINGSWOOD Thank You Sonia and Evan Ledger For Donating David Cohen - Lone Pine Bear to Bellbird Park State Secondary College - Bellbird Park Thank You Sam and Charlie Allison For Donating Thomas Hendy - Flying Corps Bear to Southern Cross Catholic College - SCARBOROUGH Thank You Walford For Donating Clarence Thomas - Stretcher-Bearer Bear to Canberra Christian School - MAWSON Thank You ASC Pty. Ltd. For Donating Andy Miller - Navy Bear to Spearwood Alternative School - SPEARWOOD Thank You Andrew and Tessa Lefel For Donating Armistice Centenary Bear to St Eugene College - BURPENGARY Thank You Downer Defence Services For Donating Ernest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Gordon Primary School - GORDON Thank You NELSON BAY RSL SUB-BRANCH For Donating Earnest Harvey - Gallipoli Bear to Soldiers Point Public School - SOLDIERS POINT

Thomas Hendy – Flying Corps Bear


The first ever Australia in the Great War Australian Flying Corps Bear is ready for take-off. Lieutenant Thomas Hendy celebrates the early days of Australian military aviation. Australia was the only dominion of the British Empire to establish its own flying corps for service in the Great War and some 460 officers and 2,234 other ranks served in the Middle East, over the Western Front, and in training schools in England. All pilots of the A.F.C. were officers of the Australian Imperial Force. His uniform reflects the full-length leather 'Maternity Pattern' flying jacket and leather flight helmet worn to provide warmth during flights in open cockpit aeroplanes. The large angled external pocket on the left-breast provided quick access to maps.