Memo­rial sur­prise for El­len­brook res­i­dent

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

EL­LEN­BROOK res­i­dent and re­cep­tion­ist at RSL WA Jemma Hol­land made a re­mark­able dis­cov­ery last week when she saw the face of her great-great-grand­fa­ther and vet­eran James ‘Jim’ Hol­land on the Perth Mint’s cen­te­nary poppy wall of re­mem­brance.

The wall, which was in­stalled at the Mint’s her­itage ground in East Perth in the lead-up to An­zac Day, fea­tured an un­named sol­dier be­neath the words ‘we will re­mem­ber them’.

The face of Jim Hol­land was sur­rounded by 6000 silk pop­pies pur­chased from RSLWA and in­di­vid­u­ally placed as a mark of re­spect by mem­bers of the public.

When the memo­rial was re­ceived by the state branch of the RSL, Ms Hol­land said she knew she had seen the im­age of the sol­dier be­fore.

“I had a feel­ing when I looked at the wall that the man was more than a stranger. It took me a few days to put the pieces to­gether,” she said.

Mr Hol­land served as a ma­chine-gun­ner in World War I.

Jemma Hol­land at the memo­rial.

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