Re­gion re­mem­bers sac­ri­fices of con­flict

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era and Tom Zaun­mayr

Peo­ple across the re­gion paid trib­ute to those who served or are serv­ing in con­flicts on Re­mem­brance Day last Fri­day, at cer­e­monies in Kar­ratha and the shires of Ash­bur­ton and Ex­mouth.

The Kar­ratha and Districts RSL an­nual cer­e­mony was at­tended by about 100 peo­ple, in­clud­ing de­fence force vet­er­ans, mem­bers of the Pil­bara Reg­i­ment, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from emer­gency ser­vices and in­dus­try, City of Kar­ratha staff and large num­bers of lo­cal pri­mary school stu­dents.

Pil­bara Reg­i­ment Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Stu­art Purves gave a speech fo­cus­ing on the re­gion’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Aus­tralian De­fence Force.

He said among the 32,000 West Aus­tralians who had served in World War I was a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of Pil­bara res­i­dents, in­clud­ing Roe­bourne me­chanic Lance Cor­po­ral Ed­ward Hud­son and Port Hed­land watch­maker Pri­vate Al­bert Clarke.

Both men served on the Western Front and sur­vived to re­turn home in 1919.

“Lance Cor­po­ral Hud­son and Pri­vate Clarke are just two ex­am­ples of the level of sac­ri­fice that or­di­nary peo­ple are will­ing to make in times of need,” he said.

“The peo­ple of the Pil­bara have a rich his­tory of ser­vice in the mil­i­tary, from the Boer War through to cur­rent times, in peace-keep­ing op­er­a­tions and in con­flict.”

“The Pil­bara com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to serve to­day, both (as) in­di­vid­ual mem­bers in the ADF across Aus­tralia and over­seas, and also right here in the Pil­bara, pro­vid­ing border se­cu­rity ca­pa­bil­ity through part-time ser­vice in the Pil­bara Reg­i­ment.”

Kar­ratha RSL pres­i­dent Julie Pope said she was pleased with the num­ber of peo­ple, es­pe­cially young peo­ple, who had at­tended the ser­vice, show­ing the Re­mem­brance Day message was still be­ing heeded.

“When you come from a re­gional area like (Kar­ratha), where we’re not tra­di­tion­ally known for our big ser­vice or mil­i­tary his­tory, it is so fan­tas­tic to see so many peo­ple in­volved,” she said.

Kar­ratha RSL vice-pres­i­dent Jon Smith said their cer­e­mony had spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance given it was also the lo­cal RSL’s cen­te­nary, hav­ing been es­tab­lished in 1916 to sup­port ser­vice peo­ple re­turn­ing from WWI.

In Ash­bur­ton, the main Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice was held at Tom Price Se­nior High School.

In at­ten­dance were school P and C rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the Pil­bara Reg­i­ment, Tom Price’s fire and res­cue ser­vice, bush­fire brigade and po­lice sta­tion, St John Am­bu­lance, the Nin­tirri Cen­tre, Rio Tinto, and the Shire of Ash­bur­ton.

The Tom Price Cadet Corps led the ser­vice, dressed in their for­mal uni­forms,and marched in to The Bat­tle of the Somme played by bag­piper Ian Ire­land. Pil­bara Reg­i­ment War­rant Of­fi­cer 2 Cameron Wagstaff was the guest speaker.

Tom Price SHS prin­ci­pal Ray McMil­lan said the school was proud to hold a com­mu­nity-wide ser­vice for Re­mem­brance Day.

“We wel­come spe­cial guests and mem­bers of the pub­lic to ... the Re­mem­brance ser­vice at Tom Price SHS as this is a way to come to­gether as a com­mu­nity to com­mem­o­rate such an im­por­tant event,” he said. “The cer­e­mony al­lows us all to re­flect on the sac­ri­fices made and the roles played by our armed ser­vices past and present, which al­low us to en­joy our life­style in Aus­tralia.”

Pan­na­won­ica Pri­mary School also held a ser­vice.

In Ex­mouth, about 80 peo­ple at­tended a cer­e­mony at the Ceno­taph in Maid­stone Cres­cent.

The Aus­tralian, New Zealand and US national an­thems were played and all three flags raised to recog­nise the com­bined Al­lied efforts in many wars and Ex­mouth’s strong ties to the US.

Ex­mouth RSL rep­re­sen­ta­tive Max Thomas led the ser­vice, which also fea­tured ad­dresses by Pil­bara Reg­i­ment War­rant Of­fi­cer 2 Troy Hutchin­son and Angli­can Church of Ex­mouth Rev­erend Frank Ni­col.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Pil­bara Reg­i­ment, Ex­mouth Dis­trict High School, the Harold E. Holt Naval Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sta­tion, Shire of Ex­mouth, DFES, the RSL, Tr­us­cott Me­mo­rial Club were among those who laid wreaths.

Ali­cia Per­era and Tom Zaun­mayr

Tom Price Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony guest speaker Pil­bara Reg­i­ment War­rant Of­fi­cer 2 Cameron Wagstaff. Pic­tures: Tom Price Se­nior High School,

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Pil­bara Reg­i­ment, Kar­ratha RSL and lo­cal pri­mary schools at the Kar­ratha ser­vice.

Pil­bara Reg­i­ment War­rant Of­fi­cer 2 Troy Hutchin­son lays a wreath at the Ex­mouth Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice.

Pil­bara Reg­i­ment of­fi­cers march past the Kar­ratha Pri­mary School choir at the Kar­ratha Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice.

The Tom Price SHS Cadets led the Tom Price Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony.

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