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By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
IT'S not often a musician blows
someone else's trumpet or wind
instrument, but Musn Jeff Poole did
just that when he played a cornet
last officially used more than 90
Musn Poole, Army Band Brisbane,
played the Last Post during the reburi-
als of 249 soldiers at Fromelles during
January and February.
The instrument was first used by a
stretcher bearer in the Australian 31st
Bn band. Members of the band them-
selves became casualties during the
World War I battle.
Peter Nelson, a member of the 31st
Bn Association whose grandfather
served at Fromelles, purchased the cor-
net on eBay and lent it to Musn Poole
for the reburial services.
"The opportunity to return this item
to a battlefield it was played on in
1916 and to have it returned to playing
condition is priceless," Musn Poole
The instrument was made in 1914
by Boosey & Sons in England and pre-
sented to 31st Bn in August 1915 by a
man named A.J. Cotton.
Before Musn Poole could play the
instrument correctly he had to perform
some detailed maintenance.
"It was partially restored, but still
had many air leaks and cracks in the
brass tubing," Musn Poole said.
"It looked its age, had many dents
and showed considerable wear and
tear, so I sealed the cracks with sili-
cone and coated the slides and valves
with vaseline to reduce leaks."
This allowed him to play the notes
of the Last Post with accuracy.
He said he was honoured and proud
to be in Fromelles to pay tribute to the
"This was an opportunity to pay my
last respects to soldiers of the Great
War, as members of my family and
my wife's family served in this area of
France in World War I," he said.
"It's been a pleasure to return such
an instrument to playing condition
and play it again for men of its own
The cornet was returned to Peter
Nelson after the February services
and Musn Poole hopes to play it again
"Mr Nelson will hopefully loan it
again to us in July for the final burial
and after that we understand he plans to
donate it to a museum in Townsville."
Army March 4, 2010
Moving moments: Musn
Jeff Poole plays at the
reburial of WWI soldiers
at Fromelles (above).
Photo by Alastair Miller
Historic: The cornet
bought on eBay (inset)
and lent to the Army for
ceremonial duty at the
Photo by Chloe Wootten
Original band: 31st Bn
Ragtime Band members
(top right), one of whom
is believed to have used
the cornet during the
battle of Fromelles.
Photo courtesy AWM
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