Probus hears about tour

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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’.

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