Bai­ley sets off for Gal­lipoli

Central and North Burnett Times - - ANZAC CENTENARY - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

A PROUD Bai­ley Roth set off yes­ter­day to take a piece of his home town to Gal­lipoli.

On Tues­day, Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk farewelled 70 stu­dents and 10 chap­er­ones be­fore they de­parted for a two-week ex­pe­di­tion through Turkey, Bel­gium and France.

The 2015 re­cip­i­ents of the Pre­mier’s An­zac Prize were farewelled at a spe­cial cer­e­mony in Bris­bane’s An­zac Square.

Stu­dents were also asked to col­lect small rocks from their com­mu­nity (50c size) to place on the grave or me­mo­rial of their ser­vice peo­ple.

This cre­ates a sym­bolic link be­tween their grave or me­mo­rial and Australia.

Bai­ley will be tak­ing small peb­bles of Eidsvold silt­stone to place on the grave and memo­ri­als of a num­ber of sol­diers.

Bai­ley said his great-un­cle Alf was a boy from the North Bur­nett just like him, just a cou­ple of years older.

“When he walked on the grounds of Turkey, his ex­pe­ri­ences were vastly dif­fer­ent to what mine will be,” Bai­ley said.

“Alf is cer­tainly not forgotten; his sad­dle still hangs in my grand­dad’s shed in Eidsvold, just a few me­tres from where he lived with his par­ents.”

Bai­ley was given one sol­dier to com­mem­o­rate at Gal­lipoli.

His name was Pri­vate Wil­liam Tur­ton of the 9th Bat­tal­ion.

Tur­ton was born in Bund­aberg in 1891 and later moved to Red Hill in Bris­bane.

He worked as a whip maker af­ter fin­ish­ing school. He en­listed on Au­gust 26, 1914, and was part of the land­ing at Gal­lipoli on April 25, 1915.

He was se­ri­ously wounded on May 20 and evac­u­ated to the beach, and died of his in­juries on May 23, 1915.

The First­World­War was a time of great sac­ri­fice for the Tur­ton fam­ily, also los­ingWil­liam’s older brother Al­fred in Europe in 1918.

“Un­der­tak­ing this re­search and be­ing able to put a face to a name has given me the op­por­tu­nity in a small way to walk in Wil­liam’s shoes, to bet­ter un­der­stand what th­ese young men ex­pe­ri­enced and to bet­ter un­der­stand the im­por­tance of their deeds,” Bai­ley said.

The 2015 Pre­mier’s An­zac Prize re­cip­i­ents will have the hon­our of at­tend­ing the Dawn Ser­vice at Gal­lipoli on the 100th an­niver­sary of the land­ing at An­zac Cove.

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