Sol­dier’s life re­mem­bered

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MID­LAND pri­vate Alex Latto will be fea­tured in a dis­play on World War I at the Mid­land Li­brary.

Pe­ter Lees said his un­cle was killed in ac­tion at Pass­chen­daele on Novem­ber 1, 1917.

“Alex is not known for par­tic­u­lar hero­ism, he was sim­ply a young work­ing man who an­swered the call to de­fend his coun­try,” he said.

“He typ­i­fies all whose fam­i­lies will­ingly sent their able-bod­ied sons to an uncer­tain fate. We see the fo­cus on Alex in this dis­play as rep­re­sent­ing many of the men who un­der­took the ar­du­ous jour­ney to Europe to fight the en­e­mies of Bri­tain in the most hor­rific of con­di­tions and whole­sale car­nage.”

City of Swan chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Fo­ley said Alex’s story re­flected the sto­ries of many other ser­vice­men who lost their lives in WWI.

“The dis­play is an im­por­tant com­mem­o­ra­tion of their sac­ri­fice and I en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to come along and visit the dis­play to learn more about this im­por­tant part of our his­tory,” he said.

The dis­play will also fea­ture hon­our rolls for Guild­ford, Mid­land, Mun­dar­ing, and Black­boy Hill.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d475542

Mem­ory lives on... Mar­garet But­tfield and Pe­ter Lees.

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