A fine, clear morning, a magnificent Poppy display, and a large crowd (in excess of 600) set the scene for a very moving Dawn Service.
As the Service commenced we had a flypast by a flock of raucous white cockatoos; and the sentimental among us believe they numbered 45: the exact number of names on our Memorial!
The Order of Service, the Address, and Photos of the Service will be loaded onto the website in coming days under the Commemoration Services tab.
We were honoured that we had a large attendance by relatives of those on the Memorial:
The new relatives this year were:
Private John Charles Clancy killed Gallipoli 22 Aug 1915.
11 family members including niece, great nephew & great niece, etc
Private William Bolton killed Somme 18 Nov 1916.
3 family members including Great niece
Lance Corporal William McDiarmid killed Somme 18 Aug 1918
3 family members including great nephew.
Private David Michael O’Brien killed Somme 5 May 1917
4 family members including great nephew.
Relatives of the following returned after being present at previous Anzac Days:
Pte Jesse Beadle
Sgt Robert Inglis Easton
Sgt George William Taylor
After the event a relative of Pte JH Leveson made herself known.
All the relatives have been invited back in future years.
After the Service, a wonderful lunch was prepared and served by the Country Club staff and a most enjoyable time was had by all.
Thanks to all who made the day a success: all the people behind the scenes at the Community Association, Men’s Shed, Knitters and Rotary, Bob coming down from Qld for the Ode, the residents who donated memorabilia, Mick’s music and equipment, Braxton the bugler, etc, etc.