Isis long linked to Trevor family
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.