Roll recre­ated

Benalla Ensign - - VICTORIAN STATE ELECTION 2018 -

The old Hon­our Roll, once proudly dis­played at Win­ton North State School, has been lov­ingly recre­ated and is due to be in­stalled at the school’s for­mer site, which is now part of Win­ton Wet­lands.

The Win­ton Wet­lands Com­mit­tee of Man­age­ment and the Win­ton North Com­mu­nity Group have col­lab­o­rated on the project and the recre­ated Hon­our Roll was un­veiled at a cer­e­mony on Sun­day.

It is tem­po­rar­ily housed in the Lake Mokoan Hub and will be in­stalled in its per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion at a later date.

The Win­ton North Com­mu­nity Group was es­tab­lished last year and is pro­vid­ing an av­enue for the recog­ni­tion of his­tor­i­cal sites and oc­cur­rences.

This project fo­cuses on the ac­knowl­edge­ment of ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of lo­cal sol­diers who served dur­ing World War I.

Eleven men en­listed from this small farm­ing com­mu­nity and five were killed in ac­tion:

Pte Cle­mence Henry Gam­ble;

Pte Robert James Gam­ble; Pte Vic­tor Green; Lt Cyril Garfield John Ash­mead; and Pte Wil­liam Henry Gould. The orig­i­nal Hon­our Roll was dis­played at Win­ton North State School un­til its clo­sure in 1945.

●●●Win­ton North Com­mu­nity Group rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gayle Lee spoke at the cer­e­mony.

‘‘In this cen­te­nary year we be­lieve that the level of sac­ri­fice by this small, lo­cal, yet iso­lated com­mu­nity should be recog­nised,’’ Ms Lee said.

‘‘There is cur­rently no ceno­taph or other memorial in the area to recog­nise this valiant ef­fort by th­ese men.

‘‘Many fam­ily descen­dants re­main in the area and are sup­port­ive of a tan­gi­ble place of recog­ni­tion to be in­stalled.

‘‘We be­lieve recre­at­ing the hon­our board in a for­mat suit­able for out­door ex­hi­bi­tion and dis­play­ing it on the for­mer state school site will en­able the level of sac­ri­fice from this com­mu­nity to again be pub­licly ac­knowl­edged.’’

The project has been made pos­si­ble thanks to an An­zac Com­mu­nity Grant.

Back where it be­longs: The Hon­our Roll, which was once dis­played in the old Win­ton North State School has been recre­ated and will be in­stalled on the school’s for­mer site.

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