Pause to re­mem­ber

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Co­bram Ba­rooga RSL has a pop-up poppy-themed dis­play at 89 Punt Rd in the lead up to the Poppy Ap­peal and Re­mem­brance Day. The dis­play in­cor­po­rates art­work cre­ated by stu­dents at Ba­rooga Pri­mary School, Co­bram and Dis­trict Spe­cial­ist School and St Joseph’s Pri­mary School. An­drew Jenk­ins Real Es­tate ar­ranged with the prop­erty owner for the RSL to have ac­cess to the build­ing, while RJ Cor­nish and Co and Moira Arts and Cul­ture Inc as­sisted with dis­play stands.

Co­bram-Ba­rooga RSL Sub­Branch will host a se­ries of com­mem­o­ra­tive ac­tiv­i­ties in Co­bram and Ba­rooga on Sun­day to com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice, Novem­ber 11, 1918.

From 10.30 am to 11.30 am, an as­sem­bly will be held at Co­bram war memo­rial, Wil­liam St, with flags at half-mast.

The ser­vice will be sup­ported by a catafalque party from the Army School of Health (a tris­er­vice fa­cil­ity) at Bonegilla.

Guest speaker is Lieu­tenant Colonel Ju­lian West, who was born in Co­bram and cur­rently posted to Head­quar­ters Forces Com­mand, Vic­to­ria Bar­racks in Syd­ney af­ter re­cent over­seas de­ploy­ments.

In the event of in­clement weather, the ser­vice will be held in the Josephinum cen­tre at St Joseph’s Pri­mary School, Co­bram.

An­other ser­vice is at Spor­ties Ba­rooga memo­rial at 12.30 pm, fol­lowed with com­rade­ship and light re­fresh­ments in the Gar­den Room at Ba­rooga Spor­ties.

To­mor­row, a ser­vice will be held at Ot­trey Homes, at 11 am.

Co­bram-Ba­rooga RSL Sub­Branch will run the ser­vice in the fore­court of Ot­trey Lodge for the res­i­dents un­able to at­tend the main ser­vices on Re­mem­brance Day.

All RSL mem­bers and mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come to join res­i­dents for morn­ing tea be­fore the ser­vice.

Be­low are two sol­dier pro­files of for­mer mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity in­volved in World War 1.

Harold John Niven, 19th Bat­tal­ion, AIF

Harold Niven was ac­ci­den­tally killed in a rail­way ac­ci­dent on Fe­bru­ary 14, 1917.

Cor­po­ral Niven is listed as H.J. Nevin on the Co­bram and Dis­trict war memo­rial roll of hon­our. He joined up un­der the sur­name ‘Niven’.

He at­tended Wesley Col­lege where he stud­ied hor­ti­cul­ture.

His mum and dad lived in Caulfield and he jour­neyed to Co­bram where he spent more than 12 months work­ing on the Quick broth­ers’ or­chard.

Cor­po­ral Niven was 21 when he en­listed dur­ing April 1915, along with his older brother Car­swell and they ar­rived in Egypt in late 1915.

Both were sent to France with the 19th Bat­tal­ion in March 1916.

He sur­vived the heavy fight­ing at Pozieres dur­ing 1916 and was pro­moted to cor­po­ral dur­ing Jan­uary 1917.

He was given leave and was re­turn­ing to his unit on a leave train which left Havre at 6.30 am on Fe­bru­ary 13, 1917.

The train was at the level cross­ing at Epinay when it was hit by trucks from a sup­ply train when a cou­pling broke and 36 trucks crashed into the leave train be­hind it.

Two first class car­riages and one third class were com­pletely de­stroyed.

One of­fi­cer and 26 men were killed, 54 men were badly in­jured and most of the in­jured were put aboard a hos­pi­tal train that had been stand­ing nearby.

The bod­ies of the 27 dead were taken away by road and all were buried in the same row at the Bois Guil­laume com­mu­nal ceme­tery near Rouen in France.

Cor­po­ral Niven was the only Aus­tralian sol­dier on the train.

Pri­vate Philip Gi­d­ley Les­lie King, 14th Bat­tal­ion, AIF

Pri­vate Phillip King was killed in ac­tion on Fe­bru­ary 5, 1917, aged 34.

He was the son of Philip Gi­d­ley King and Oc­tavia Char­lotte King and a na­tive of Maf­fra, Vic­to­ria.

Pte King was a wheat farmer at Co­bram be­fore en­list­ing. He grew sev­eral crops at Naranghi

He was a de­scen­dent of Phillip Gi­d­ley King, the third Gov­er­nor of NSW, who had more than 50 descen­dants who served in World War I.

Pte King was killed in ac­tion on Fe­bru­ary 5, 1917, in the bat­tle of Stormy Trench, in which suc­cess was largely due to the lead­er­ship of Cap­tain Henry Wil­liam Mur­ray, who re­ceived the VC from the fight.

Cap­tain Al­bert Jacka VC was also in D Com­pany with King and wrote to the Red Cross con­firm­ing Pte. P. G. L. King was killed dur­ing the at­tack on Stormy Trench; he is buried just be­hind the front line and not in a ceme­tery’’.

Les King, as he was known, left a wife, an in­fant son and daugh­ter. His body was found af­ter the war and rein­terred in Ban­court British ceme­tery, France.

Harold John Niven, 19th Bat­tal­ion, AIF

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