Childers’ sobering sacrifice
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.
HISTORY: Childers cannon.