Spe­cial day to pay re­spects

Emo­tional ser­vices held across the re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Erica Mur­ree

SER­VICES were held across the re­gion on Sun­day for Re­mem­brance Day.

Biggen­den and Dallarnil State School students pre­pared the ser­vice at Biggen­den with as­sis­tance from RSL mem­bers.

Af­ter the wreath lay­ing, peo­ple were handed a na­tive flower to lay at the foot of the memo­rial.

For 12-year-old Hay­den Beres­ford, his great grand­fa­ther’s mem­ory was not for­got­ten as he proudly placed his First World War medals at the base of the memo­rial.

Hay­den’s dad, Mal­colm, said Nor­man Beres­ford had en­listed in the lighthorse and gone to Egypt but ended up as a stretcher bearer in France.

“When he came home in 1922 he set­tled at Boompa where our fam­ily lives to­day,” Nor­man said.

Biggen­den RSL sec­re­tary Alex McNaughton said the dis­trict had paid the ul­ti­mate price as the community lost 41 men dur­ing the First World­War.

“Amongst those was my grand­fa­ther, Arthur Grey, who had en- listed from Did­cot,” Mr McNaughton said.

“He served in the Boer War and we later found out he had put his age back 10 years so he could en­list in­WorldWar One.

“He was a tun­neller and died in an ex­plo­sion with six fel­low sol­diers on April 25, 1915, in Tur­key when some­thing went wrong un­der­ground.

“Their lives were por­trayed in the film Be­neath Hill 60, re­leased on April 15, 2010, and tells the story of the 1st Aus­tralian Tun­nelling Com­pany’s ef­fort to mine be­neath a Ger­man bunker and det­o­nate an ex­plo­sive charge.”

Photo: Erica Mur­ree

LEST WE FOR­GET: Biggen­den State School stu­dent Hay­den Beres­ford re­mem­bered his great-grand­fa­ther by lay­ing his medals at the memo­rial at Sun­day’s ser­vice in the town.

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