Special day to pay respects
Emotional services held across the region
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.”
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.