Isis long linked to Trevor fam­ily

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THE love Coun­cil­lor Bill Trevor has for the Isis dis­trict is clear, the af­fec­tion in his voice is not hard to miss when he speaks of the area.

Cr Trevor’s fam­ily was not only raised on the red dirt of Childers, some of them fought and died to protect their home­land.

The First World War saw about 350 men from the Isis dis­trict’s pop­u­la­tion of roughly 1600 en­list in the AIF and three were from the Trevor clan.

The youngest was Alexan­der, Cr Trevor’s grand­fa­ther’s brother, who lied about his age so he could join his two broth­ers, Wil­liam and Pryce, in de­fence of his coun­try.

Cr Trevor said the fear of war had not gripped the boys be­fore they left Aus­tralia, they vol­un­teered so they could get over­seas and “teach the Hun a les­son”.

Alexan­der first trained in Cairo be­fore he was shipped to Europe, where he landed in France on his 17th birth­day.

Three months later in a di­rect shell hit, Alexan­der was killed in North­ern Flan­ders.

Alexan­der was one of hun­dreds of young men who lied about their age so they could serve, the brav­ery they showed to leave home to fight for king and coun­try was one thing that made Aus­tralia what it is to­day.

Pryce and Wil­liam Trevor made it home to Childers, de­spite suf­fer­ing in­juries dur­ing the war.

An en­emy mus­tard gas at­tack af­fected Pryce for the rest of his life while Wil­liam was miss­ing part of his ear­lobe af­ter a piece of shrap­nel nar­rowly missed his head.

Of the 350 men who served, 46 did not come home and Cr Trevor said it was hard to com­pre­hend the af­fect the losses had on the com­mu­nity.

“I don’t think they fully un­der­stood what it meant to the fam­i­lies when they got home – some fam­i­lies were dec­i­mated by the war,” Cr Trevor said.

“It took years to get over the loss of those peo­ple.”

The pho­to­graph of Alexan­der is on the wall in the Childers Memo­rial Hall and it serves as a re­minder of the sac­ri­fices made by the re­gion’s for­bear­ers.

Not only that, but it is also one of the many rea­sons Cr Trevor will al­ways hold so much af­fec­tion for Childers.

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