Mem­o­ra­bilia marks WWI con­tri­bu­tion

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Adam Poulsen

A trea­sure trove of World War I mem­o­ra­bilia will be on dis­play at the Sand­stone Li­brary on Satur­day for the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Gold­fields To Bat­tle­fields: Broth­ers In Arms ex­hi­bi­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which is open un­til Novem­ber next year, will dis­play a range of artefacts do­nated by the fam­i­lies of lo­cal sol­diers who served in the Great War.

It is one of 32 ex­hi­bi­tions across the State com­pris­ing the Lot­tery­west-funded Re­mem­ber­ing Them project, which tells the lo­cal sto­ries of ru­ral, re­mote and re­gional WA com­mu­ni­ties and com­mem­o­rates their wartime con­tri­bu­tions.

Medals, badges and good luck charms will be dis­played, along with other col­lec­tors’ items in­clud­ing a gift box con­tain­ing cig­a­rettes and choco­late that was given by Princess Mary to all sol­diers serv­ing in the Im­pe­rial Forces in 1914.

Also on dis­play will be a “Dead Man’s Penny” — a round me­mo­rial plaque sent to the next of kin of sol­diers who died in the war.

Project co-or­di­na­tor and former Sand­stone res­i­dent Margie Lundy said the ex­hi­bi­tion was not a cel­e­bra­tion of the war, but a com­mem­o­ra­tion of those who served and the im­pact felt by the Sand­stone com­mu­nity.

Ms Lundy said there would be a spe­cial dis­play telling the story of three Sand­stone broth­ers who en­listed.

“They were the John­stone broth­ers, one of whom was killed in ac­tion, one of whom spent most of his war years in a pris­oner of war camp, and one of whom fought for all the years he was en­listed and then re­turned,” Ms Lundy said. “We man­aged to track down rel­a­tives in Northamp­ton and we’re re­ally pleased to be wel­com­ing the John­stone fam­ily to the open­ing.” This Satur­day’s open­ing is at 5pm. The ex­hi­bi­tion is open to the pub­lic but at­ten­dees are asked to RSVP by email­ing re­cep­tion @sand­ or call­ing Margie Lundy on 0429 030 618.

Pic­tures: Margie Lundy

War medals and badges, which be­longed to Wil­liam Ed­ward de Courcy Le­froy, will be on dis­play at Sand­stone Li­brary from Satur­day.

This Princess Mary Gift Fund Box will also be on dis­play in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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