RSL re­ceives mem­o­ra­bilia

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Medals awarded to Les and Keith Bain, who served in World War I and World War II, re­spec­tively. Les Bain’s framed cer­tifi­cate, given by the ci­ti­zens of Sey­mour and dis­trict. Ge­orge Man­son’s Medal, which was given to him by the Hilldene com­mu­nity in than

In­ter­est­ing items of mil­i­tary mem­o­ra­bilia have been do­nated to Sey­mour RSL from var­i­ous lo­cal fam­i­lies dur­ing the devel­op­ment of the World War One Memo­rial Park, which is lo­cated at the en­trance to the Sey­mour hos­pi­tal precinct.

Rod Bain gen­er­ously pre­sented many items in­clud­ing the World War I framed cer­tifi­cate given by the ci­ti­zens of Sey­mour and dis­trict to his grand­fa­ther, Pri­vate Les­lie Bain of the 14th Bat­tal­ion, along with Les’ ser­vice medals.

Les was a stretcher bearer and took part in the land­ing at Gal­lipoli and re­mained there un­til Oc­to­ber 28, 1915.

He was also wounded in ac­tion at Pozieres on Au­gust 8, 1916, fought at Bul­le­court, was in the ad­vance to the Hin­den­berg Line in 1917, and par­tic­i­pated in the al­lied of­fen­sive of Au­gust 1918 near Amiens — the Al­lies’ great­est suc­cess in a sin­gle day on the West­ern Front.

Les was later given a spe­cial six months’ leave due to shell shock and left France for Aus­tralia on Oc­to­ber 3, 1918. The Ar­mistice was only five weeks away. Rod also pre­sented the World War II ser­vice medals which be­longed to his fa­ther, Keith Bain.

Keith en­listed in the Aus­tralian Army in Septem­ber 1942, just af­ter his 19th birth­day, and served for four years in­clud­ing time in New Guinea.

Lynne Raven­hall, niece of Ge­orge Man­son who served with the 23rd Bat­tal­ion, pre­sented the RSL with Ge­orge’s World War I pho­to­graph book in which he marked var­i­ous pho­tos re­lat­ing to his own and his brother Jack’s ser­vice.

Ge­orge marched out to France on April 25, 1917 and was in Ypres, Bel­gium, when the church was bombed and the steeple broke but did not fall. His Bat­tal­ion then moved south to take part in the Bat­tle for Hamel where Ge­orge was shot in the chest.

His wounds were so se­vere that he was repa­tri­ated home just three days be­fore the Ar­mistice oc­curred.

Ge­orge’s brother, Jack, was serv­ing at Villers-Bre­ton­neux in April 1918 when he was killed while man­ning a ma­chine-gun post.

He has no known grave and his per­sonal ef­fects were lost at sea when the SS Barunga was sunk by the en­emy.

Lynne also pre­sented Ge­orge’s trea­sured gold and enamel medal which was given to him by the Hilldene com­mu­nity in thanks for his mil­i­tary ser­vice.

The medal has been mounted in a spe­cially-de­signed framed art­work which de­picts Ge­orge and Jack Man­son’s mil­i­tary his­to­ries. The back of Ge­orge’s medal reads: PRE­SENTED TO PTE O.G. MAN­SON BY THE RES­I­DENTS OF HILLDENE ON HIS RE­TURN FROM THE GREAT WAR.

The Sey­mour RSL wishes to sin­cerely thank ev­ery­one who do­nated their mil­i­tary mem­o­ra­bilia, and would like to in­vite the pub­lic to drop in to view the dis­plays and have a chat.

The RSL is of­ten open on Fri­day evenings from 5 pm.

If you have any lo­cal mil­i­tary mem­o­ra­bilia you would like to do­nate, email your de­tails to sey­mourrslsub­branch @big­pond.com

Founded in Jan­uary 1919 to help re­turned sol­diers in­te­grate back into fam­ily life and so­ci­ety, and to as­sist them in find­ing work, the Sey­mour RSL sub-branch will also be cel­e­brat­ing its 100th an­niver­sary in the new year.

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