Stu­dent’s tribute piece up for award

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By STEVE KELLY

LIT­ER­ARY minded stu­dent Char­lotte Mul­lens has made the top 10 in Vic­to­ria in the La­trobe Young Writ­ers Award and she’ll at­tend a din­ner to­mor­row night to cel­e­brate her achieve­ment.

She was tasked with writ­ing up to 1000 words un­der the theme ‘one year later’ and her sub­ject was her great, great un­cle Percy David Mans­field who was killed dur­ing ser­vice in World War I.

Char­lotte, a year 10 pupil at Wan­garatta High School, honed in on how the legacy of war has had an im­pact on the fam­ily of Percy for gen­er­a­tions af­ter he was de­clared MIA in 1917.

She used fam­ily an­thol­ogy to trace records of his ser­vice and how he was killed in bat­tle in France.

“It was a de­scrip­tive nar­ra­tive retelling about his time at war and the im­pacts his death had on fam­ily a year af­ter he went miss­ing.”

Char­lotte learnt a lot about her an­ces­tor and the con­cept of war dur­ing the process of re­search­ing and writ­ing the nar­ra­tive.

“His death af­fected fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions and even now in writ­ing this I feel a sense of grief,” she said.

“Aus­tralians are told to be grate­ful for men and women’s ser­vice in war and we learn about it as it’s por­trayed with thick brush strokes, how­ever, there are a lot of in­tri­ca­cies that are some­times not ex­plained.”

Char­lotte will at­tend an awards night at La­trobe Uni­ver­sity in Bun­doora to­mor­row night to find out who the win­ner of the state award will be.

PHOTO: Mel Guy

NOT FOR­GOT­TEN: Char­lotte Mullins with a photo of her great, great un­cle Percy David Mans­field, who was de­clared miss­ing in ac­tion (MIA) dur­ing his ser­vice in World War One.

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