VAL­LEY TRIB­UTE

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JES­SICA HOWARD and SHAUN McMANUS

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.”

Pic­ture: CHRIS KIDD

RE­FLEC­TIVE: Mark Green and his son Joe, 10, of New Town, at the Ho­bart Ceno­taph.

Pic­tures: DAMIAN BESTER

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.

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