Bill remembers 61 Isis men lost to war
THE 100th anniversary of our first involvement in the First World War held extra significance for former Isis Shire mayor Bill Trevor.
Mr Trevor was a guest speaker at the Childers civic service, and during his address spoke primarily about the loss of 61 young Isis men.
“Many of these men had never left the district,” he said.
“Many saw it as an opportunity to explore, an opportunity for adventure. “How wrong they were.” Mr Trevor painted the bleak but real picture local soldiers faced as they left the Isis region and found themselves a world away.
“Imagine a few months earlier you walked around the hills in Childers and Booyal, and now you find an enemy atop a hill and you’re attacking from a beach,” Mr Trevor said.
“We can never imagine the sounds and the smells these men faced.”
Mr Trevor’s grandfather’s brother, Alexander, was one of the 61 men who “paid the ultimate blood price” in the First World War.
Part of his tale is recorded in local historian Max Emery’s newly published book, The Childers Soldiers Memorial Room and 201mm Howitzer, which Mr Trevor urged locals to read.
“There are many familiar names (to those in the book) sitting here today,” he said.
“This community was built on their courage and mateship, and we must never forget them.”
Bill Trevor ... “We must never forget them.”
REMEMBRANCE: The Anzac Day civic service in Childers.