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101 Years Gone But Never Forgotten …

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On the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 the guns finally fell silent after a four-year conflict in which an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilians died

November 11, 2019

Any thoughts that interest in Remembrance Day would fade away after last year’s Centenary commemorations were put to rest on Monday with strong turnouts at events across the South Burnett.

Remembrance Day services were held from Blackbutt to Boondooma.

There was a change in tradition in Kingaroy, with this year’s event shifted from the Memorial Park Rotunda to the grounds of Kingaroy State High School to coincide with the official opening of the school’s new Memorial Wall.

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Kingaroy

All three services were represented in the catafalque party … the personnel travelled from the Defence Force School of Signals at Cabarlah

Major Craig Campbell, son of South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell, was the guest speaker at the Kingaroy Remembrance Day ceremony.

Major Campbell is a former student of Kingaroy State High School so it was fitting that he returned to the grounds for the official opening of the school’s new Wall Of Remembrance.

In his address, Major Campbell said his decision to join the Australian Defence Force was made while he was at KSHS when music teacher and Vietnam veteran Laurie Case introduced him to Army life via the Cadet band.

“The memorial being opened today symbolises the connections between past and future generations,” Major Campbell said.

Plaques honouring former students from the school will be added to the wall over time.

The first plaque recognises the service of former student Edgar Raymond Perrett who was killed in action on May 14, 1943, when the hospital ship ‘Centaur’ was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine¬†about 30 nautical miles off the southern tip of Moreton Island.

A large contingent of students sat on the lawn in front of the memorial as the commemorations unfolded.

Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL Sub-Branch Board member and past KSHS student Elgan Leedie – a Wakka Wakka Elder and Australian Army veteran – did the Welcome To Country and played a lament on didgeridoo.

His grandfather, Robert George Aitken, was killed in action during World War I at Passchendaele.

Scots piper Major Ross Page played as wreaths were laid on the school’s memorial in front of the Wall of Remembrance.

KSHS principal Ashley Roediger opened proceedings with an explanation to students about Remembrance Day and the Armistice

Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL Sub-Branch Board member and Wakka Wakka Elder Elgan Leedie played a lament on didgeridoo

Teacher Sue Dowideit-Reiger conducted the KSHS vocal group in the traditional Christian hymn, “Abide With Me” and the Australian National Anthem

Mayor Keith Campbell with his son, Major Craig Campbell, who has served in East Timor and Afghanistan and is currently with the 7th Signal Regiment

Schoolchildren and community representatives laid wreaths on the school’s monument

Piper Ross Page played The Lament as wreaths were placed on the monument

Music teacher Matt Phillips, right, led the school’s Brass Band in the Last Post and Rouse

The official party … South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell, Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL Sub-Branch president Don Davey, guest speaker Major Craig Campbell, Opposition Leader and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, Cr Terry Fleischfresser and Cr Danita Potter

Mayor Campbell and Major Campbell with the oldest member of the Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL Sub-Branch, World War II veteran Doug Farmer

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Nanango

Fr Chukwudi Chinaka, Lowrian Redsell, Nanango RSL president Bert Stevens and vice-president Chas Kemp chatted after the service

Belinda Pennell chats with Cr Roz Frohloff … Belinda presented a wreath on behalf on Nanango MP Deb Frecklington, and Cr Frohloff presented one on behalf of the Council

In Nanango, a group of about 60 local residents gathered at the Cenotaph on the corner of Henry and Drayton streets for a Remembrance Day service led by celebrant Lowrian Redsell.

Local Catholic priest Fr Chukwudi Chinaka, representing Nanango’s combined churches, delivered the opening and closing prayers, while Nanango RSL president Bert Stevens and vice-president Chas Kemp ensured the proper formalities were observed.

Representatives from organisations as diverse as Nanango State High School, Nanango police, Cr Roz Frohloff, Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington (represented by Belinda Pennell from her electorate office), the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club, the Citizens Auxiliary and many more laid wreaths.

Because of fires in the region, Nanango SES were an apology, but RSL officials said they were sure everyone understood and wished the group’s members well.

The service concluded with renditions of the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand.

Afterwards, everyone who attended the morning’s commemoration was invited to the nearby RSL for refreshments.

Nanango State High School Year 9 students Charli Clark, Bailey Cavanough, Summer Adams and Sienna Spencer respresented the high school at the service; Sienna also gave the Recitation

About 60 people attended this year’s Remembrance Day service in Nanango, sheltering under the trees from the hot sun

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Boondooma Homestead

About 150 people assembled at Boondooma Homestead for this year’s Remembrance Day commemoration.

Another 15 plaques of World War I servicemen who worked at Boondooma Station were added to the memorial wall near the historic homestead.

Cr Ros Heit, husband Kerry and son Pete were special guests at the commemoration as Kerry’s grandfather, Albert William Heit, was one of the soldiers whose names were added to the wall.

Albert fought in Belgium and France and survived the war, despite being gassed.

A highlight of the commemoration was a moving performance by Louise Winton who sang “My Grandfather’s Bugle” and “Simpson Of Gallipoli”.

[Photos: Heit family]

William Campbell – grandson of South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell – places a poppy on the wall

Pete, Kerry and Ros Heit with the plaque honouring Kerry’s grandfather, Albert

Louise Winton sang at the commemoration service

Wreaths were laid on the Boondooma memorial


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2 Responses to 101 Years Gone But Never Forgotten …

  1. Michelle Smith

    Can anyone visit the new memorial at KSHS as Edgar Perrett was my uncle and I am sure my sisters and I would like to pay our respects when we are all together.

  2. Barry Krosch

    Thank you southburnett.com.au for your excellent coverage (both text and photographs) of the Remembrance Day Service in Kingaroy. The photographs are all very special in their own ways, but I can assure you that three in particular will be treasured forever by those featured in them:

    (1) A very, very proud Mayor Keith Campbell with his son Major Craig Campbell.
    (2) The one of the ADF Catafalque Party immediately before they commenced their ceremonial catafalque drill.
    (3) Finally the superb shot of the Mayor, the Major, and Mr Doug Farmer OAM. Not only is Doug the oldest member of the RSL (he turns 96 in January) he is one of the best known and respected people in Kingaroy. Much loved….our Doug.

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