An­zac tour an hon­our for boy

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For­mer Ko­jonup res­i­dent Patrick Reilly was one of just a hand­ful of youth am­bas­sadors se­lected as part of the Premier’s An­zac Stu­dent Tour, a once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­di­tion to Sin­ga­pore to take part in An­zac Day com­mem­o­ra­tions and visit im­por­tant sites.

Learn­ing sto­ries about what hap­pened and then to be there for the ser­vice — it was re­ally quite raw. Patrick Reilly

A month of re­search­ing and plan­ning for one his­tory es­say may seem a bit ex­ces­sive, but for­mer Ko­jonup teenager Patrick Reilly says his ef­forts were “def­i­nitely worth it”.

The Bun­bury Cathe­dral Gram­mar stu­dent’s es­say on Sir Thomas Spencer Vaughan Phillips had him se­lected as one of 10 youth am­bas­sadors to rep­re­sent the State in the Premier’s An­zac Stu­dent Tour — a 10-day ex­pe­di­tion through Sin­ga­pore to visit his­tor­i­cal sites be­fore at­tend­ing An­zac Day com­mem­o­ra­tions at Kranji War Me­mo­rial.

The Year 10 stu­dent said his ded­i­ca­tion to writ­ing the “best es­say I could” stemmed from his deep in­ter­est in his­tory and, in par­tic­u­lar, World War II’s San­dakan Death Marches which formed the fo­cus of his work. As well as vis­it­ing and learn­ing about places of his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance, in­clud­ing Changi Beach, the Old Ford Fac­tory Mu­seum and Fort Can­ning Cen­tre’s “Bat­tle Box”, Patrick said it was the An­zac Day cer­e­mony that hit his emo­tions the hard­est.

“The An­zac Day ser­vice was by far the highlight, ” he said.

“In the lead-up, learn­ing sto­ries about what hap­pened and then to be there for the ser­vice — it was re­ally quite raw.”

Af­ter sub­mit­ting his es­say and be­com­ing a fi­nal­ist, Patrick was se­lected as the only youth am­bas­sador from Bun­bury — a ti­tle he felt “hum­bled” to ac­cept.

Patrick said he highly rec­om­mended the tour to oth­ers.

Pic­ture: Brooke Rolfe

Kranji War Me­mo­rial in Sin­ga­pore.

For­mer Ko­jonup res­i­dent Patrick Reilly vis­ited Sin­ga­pore to learn more about World War II.

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