Childers’ sober­ing sacrifice

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AT­TEN­DEES of Woodgate RSL’s Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony were treated to lo­cal war his­tory lessons cour­tesy of noted his­to­rian Max Emery.

Mr Emery ad­dressed both the 11am ser­vice and the for­mal din­ner at Woodgate Club, and spoke about the Isis re­gion’s con­tri­bu­tion to the First World War as well as the Childers can­non.

Mr Emery’s ac­count of the con­tri­bu­tion the Childers com­mu­nity made to the Great War ef­fort is sober­ing.

There is a lot more Mr Emery spoke about that we couldn’t fit in this week’s Town & Coun­try, but the fol­low­ing is an ex­cerpt from his speech.

“At a lo­cal level, this ter­ri­ble war af­fected vir­tu­ally all com­mu­ni­ties, large or small, through­out Aus­tralia.

“In 1914 the pop­u­la­tion of Childers, men women and chil­dren, was some­where near 1500, prob­a­bly less. 360 men en­listed, or 24% of the en­tire pop­u­la­tion.

“If we as­sume that half the pop­u­la­tion was male, 48% of all the males en­listed.

“Of the 360 who en­listed, 60 did not come home.”

More in next week’s Town & Coun­try.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

HIS­TORY: Childers can­non.

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