Probus hears about tour
PROBUS was pleased to have Brenton Noye as their guest speaker at the September meeting who reported on his study tour through Legacy to Belgium and France in honour of the Centenary Anniversary of The Battle of Pozieres.
Brenton said prior to leaving on the tour overseas in 2016, participants had to do a PreTour Reflection and focus on a particular soldier.
Brenton chose The Martin O’Meara VC section.
Before joining up Martin worked in the Timber Industry. It is believed he saved over 20 soldiers during the four days of heavy fighting in Pozieres, not only that he volunteered to carry and bring ammunition and bombs through heavy bombardment on one line of the trenches.
Martin suffered with what was called in those times ‘War Strain’ now known as a ‘Stress Disorder’.
He was one of only five VC recipients from The Battle of Pozieres.
Brenton said the whole tour was very moving experience for him and he has many wonderful memories of his time spent in Belgium and France.
One particular occasion which will stay in his mind was being at the Menin Gate.
He explained that every evening at 6pm, the road passing through the Menin Gate is closed to traffic.
A Memorial Service is held and three Buglars play the last post together, “an emotional experience.”
He felt so honoured to be part of the tour and representing Legacy Australia and their families.
Legacy has helped his family since 2006 – when his Pop passed away.
Legacy looks after tens of thousands of Legatees in Australia.
There are various areas in which help is made available through Legacy, including Holiday Camps for Kids from six years to their teens.
On a personal note Brenton is not only a teacher but a student pilot and hopes in the future to fly to places of interest to him.
He is an Ambassador for Legacy around the country of Australia.
All state finalists were present with a statue of an Australian Light Horse, made by an ex-serviceman with one hand.
The presentation was made to them in Canberra. Most people reading
will already know – Euroa is the only place in the Commonwealth to have three VC recipients.
Brenton’s talk was inspiring and a passionate account of what he experienced on the tour.
Harold Joyce made a small presentation to Brenton and thanked him for speaking to Probus members.
The Probus outing is on October 9 to - Kinross Egg Farm.
A carpool will meet at the Uniting Church at 1.30pm.
Anyone with poultry at home is not able to attend the farm, but is welcome to come to lunch beforehand at Mawson’s Bakery at 12 noon.
The next monthly PROBUS dinner will be on Wednesday, October 18 at 6pm at the ‘ Euroa Café’ ( providing we have enough numbers).
Please ring Bernie on 5795 2867 so bookings can be made.
Our next regular club Meeting will be held on Monday, October 23 at 10am.
Guest Speaker will be Mark Soyer – paraplegic skier and grandson of Shirley McKay.
He has already won both silver and bronze medals and will be skiing in Canada later this year trying for more medals.
New members and visitors are always welcome to our meetings.
INSPIRING AND PASSIONATE: Harold Joyce (left) thanked Brenton Noye for his memorable report of his recent study tour through Belgium in honour of the centenary of the ‘Battle of Pozieres’.