An extract from Max Emery’s The Childers Soldiers’ Memorial Hall and 210mm Howitzer...
“IN preparing for my addresses on Remembrance Day 2014, I wanted to incorporate some local content into the service.
I started to do some research into the large cannon in the War Memorial in Childers and in the process discovered the very moving Soldiers’ Hall alongside it.
This took me to the Childers RSL Sub-Branch and the Childers branch of the Bundaberg Library.
At both places I found lots of material, especially about the cannon.
Having started some research into the 60 names on the Childers Honour Board, and knowing the principal of (Goodwood State School) Steve Coleman was looking for material for (the) centenary of Gallipoli, I was prepared to see what I could produce.
The end result was that I was able to incorporate names of soldiers who had enlisted in World War I from the local district, and the contribution of Childers during the war, into the 11am service.
Likewise I was able to relate the story of the ‘Childers cannon’ in my address at the annual Remembrance Day dinner at Woodgate.
Farewell parties occurred all over the country, and family, friends, wives, sons and daughters gathered to wish their departing loved ones God speed and a safe return.
I hope that this small project will add to the memory of these gallant young men.
From Childers 360 men went overseas, and 60 paid the supreme sacrifice.”