ALMOST 100 years on from the brave actions that earned him a Victoria Cross, the descendants of New Norfolk Corporal Walter Brown continue to honour his memory on Remembrance Day.
Hundreds gathered at Hobart’s Cenotaph on Saturday for a commemorative service to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Singing in the Albuera Street Primary School choir at the service, 10-year-old Joe Green, of New Town, reflected on ancestors on both sides of his family who served their country.
On his mother’s side, Joe is related to VC recipient Cpl Brown, while his greatgrandfather on his father’s side also served in World War II in Darwin.
Cpl Brown was born at New Norfolk and served primarily in France during World War I.
“Towards the end of the war, he attacked a German machine gun nest that was holding his troops down in the trenches and they couldn’t get back to where they needed to be,” Joe’s father Mark Green said.
“He attacked the nest and captured the machine gun.
“I think it’s important to come on days like this to reflect and be able to pass on that history to the younger generations.”
Saturday marked 99 years since the signing of the armistice that ended the Great War in 1918 after four years of fighting and tens of thousands of Australian deaths.
An honour roll recording the names of 22 servicemen from the Lachlan district was unveiled at a service on the day.
About 50 people, including representatives of the army, air force, local council and community attended the gathering at the Lachlan Community Hall.
The service also commemorated the 80th birthday of the hall.
Lachlan Community Hall Committee public officer Tony Nicholson said the day went very well.
“To have three men in uniform, and a bugler, for this unveiling was a very important occasion for us,” Mr Nicholson said.
The honour roll is not yet an exhaustive list.
“We’ve now found there are possibly some more names to go on the board — we had left space for this, by the way, just in case,” Mr Nicholson said.
“[With] further research, we will have some more names on it.”
REFLECTIVE: Mark Green and his son Joe, 10, of New Town, at the Hobart Cenotaph.
ABOVE: Researchers Stan Cordwell, left, and Tony Nicholson at the Lachlan Hall for the hall’s 80th birthday celebrations and the unveiling of an honour board for local men who served in World War I.
FAMILY CONNECTION: Claire Farr and grandmother Sue Beard, descendants of J. Haney, at the Lachlan Hall for the unveiling of the honour board.
SERVICE: Bugler David Hardstaff from the Derwent Valley Concert Band at the Lachlan Hall service.