Bill re­mem­bers 61 Isis men lost to war

Isis Town and Country - - Anzac Day 2015 -

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.”

PHO­TOS: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

RE­MEM­BRANCE: The An­zac Day civic ser­vice in Childers.

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