Bailey sets off for Gallipoli
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.