Re­mem­brance Day project

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project delv­ing into the Wim­mera’s past will cul­mi­nate in the form of a unique First World War memo­rial at Horsham Ceme­tery.

Project group mem­bers, guests and dig­ni­taries will gather at the ceme­tery on Re­mem­brance Day, Novem­ber 11, to recog­nise the breadth of hu­man con­tri­bu­tion to the war ef­fort.

Wim­mera As­so­ci­a­tion for Ge­neal­ogy has led the project group to re­search all per­son­nel who fought, en­listed or were in­volved in the First World War and buried in the ceme­tery.

The project, part of An­zac Cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions, has recog­nised all na­tion­al­i­ties with the only qual­i­fi­ca­tion that they were buried in the ceme­tery.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Ken Flack said apart from Horsham, Wim­mera and other Aus­tralians recog­nised, there were oth­ers from coun­tries such as Great Bri­tain, Canada and New Zealand.

“They all de­serve recog­ni­tion for their com­mit­ment in the war,” he said.

“Many peo­ple might not re­alise there are veter­ans from the con­flict from other parts of the world who either set­tled or died in Horsham.

“It is ap­pro­pri­ate to ac­knowl­edge them be­cause many are miss­ing from hon­our boards. This is one way of ac­knowl­edg­ing them.”

Mr Flack said there were 406 names on the new memo­rial.

“There might well be more in the ceme­tery, but we’ve been as fas­tid­i­ous in re­search­ing de­tails as much as we can based on the records avail­able,” he said.

“What we do know is the peo­ple listed on the plaque have been def­i­nitely iden­ti­fied as be­ing in­volved in the war in some way.”

“They all de­serve recog­ni­tion for their com­mit­ment in the war” – Ken Flack

Mr Flack said the com­mu­nity was wel­come to at­tend a cer­e­mony to open the new memo­rial and Horsham’s Cr Mark Rad­ford would lead cer­e­mony pro­ceed­ings.

“There will be crosses for graves that are un­marked and maps avail­able that list the 406 names and where they are buried,” he said.

The cer­e­mony will be at the ceme­tery off Davis Drive at 2pm.

There will be light re­fresh­ments avail­able at the site af­ter the cer­e­mony and in the case of in­clement weather there will be a cer­e­mony and gath­er­ing at Wim­mera Legacy head­quar­ters in Pynsent Street, Horsham.

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