Re­mem­brance Day - a touch­ing trib­ute

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ALAN­NAH GREEN­WOOD

The Ruther­glen com­mu­nity stood united in si­lence at Me­mo­rial Park, Ruther­glen to take part in the tra­di­tional Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice on Fri­day, Novem­ber 11.

They paused at 11am in hon­our of that same time on Novem­ber 11, 1918 when the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of con­tin­u­ous war­fare.

The al­lied ar­mies had driven the Ger­man in­vaders back, hav­ing in­flicted heavy de­feats upon them over the pre­ced­ing four months.

In Novem­ber the Ger­mans called for an ar­mistice (sus­pen­sion of fight­ing) in or­der to se­cure a peace set­tle­ment.

They ac­cepted al­lied terms that amounted to un­con­di­tional sur­ren­der.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month at­tained a spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance in the post-war years.

This year, Novem­ber 11 marked the 98th an­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).

Ruther­glen’s De­clan Glover, the youngest world peace am­bas­sador in Aus­tralia, placed a lamp on the ceno­taph to open the cer­e­mony.

Jill Eldridge, grand-daugh­ter of Dun­can Baker a WW1 Vet­eran from Ruther­glen, was this year’s guest speaker at the Ruther­glen Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice and de­liv­ered a pow­er­ful re­count of what the war meant to her grand­fa­ther and their fam­ily.

Stu­dents, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and other guests then pro­ceeded to lay wreaths at the ceno­taph in hon­our of the fallen sol­diers.

Trib­utes fol­lowed at Car­lyle Ceme­tery when the RSL con­ducted a burial ser­vice for Pte Gus­tavus Lund­gren, a WW1 Ruther­glen sol­dier who died in 1946 and has lain in an un­marked grave in Car­lyle Ceme­tery for 70 years.

Pte Lund­gren’s death was at­trib­uted to war in­duced PTSD which led to al­co­holism and mal­nu­tri­tion.

Gus­tavus was known to be a so­cial char­ac­ter at 21-years-old prior to en­list­ing.

Pt Lund­gren was se­verely wounded in ac­tion in 1917 and was granted a pen­sion the day after his dis­charge from the AIF.

Pte Lun­dren’s burial ser­vice is the first of many that the RSL of Ruther­glen hope to con­duct at Car­lyle Ceme­tery for other lo­cal sol­diers.

Jill Eldridge, grand-daugh­ter of Dun­can Baker a WW1 Vet­eran from Ruther­glen, was this year’s guest speaker at the Ruther­glen Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice. Photo by Si­mon Ginns.

Indigo Shire Mayor Cr Jenny O’Con­nor places a red poppy on the grave of Pte Gus­tavus Lund­gren. Photo by Si­mon Ginns.

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