Sto­ries re­vealed

An ex­tract from Max Emery’s The Childers Sol­diers’ Me­mo­rial Hall and 210mm How­itzer...

Isis Town and Country - - News -

“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.”

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