Thou­sands at­tend An­zac ser­vices

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

A RECORD 1000 Cottes­loe res­i­dents and a sim­i­lar num­ber of Mos­man Park lo­cals were at their town’s An­zac Cen­te­nary ser­vices last Satur­day.

“There is a lot more peo­ple be­cause it was the 100th year and peo­ple re­ally wanted to show their re­spect to all the peo­ple who have fought,” said Christ Church Gram­mar School stu­dent Ed­ward Rodda (13), who wore replica medals of his great-grand­fa­ther Colonel Denys Mur­phy, who was at the Gal­lipoli Cam­paign in Turkey in 1915.

Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins read from two World War I di­aries her grand­fa­ther Frank Thomp­son brought home af­ter he served with the Aus­tralian horse-drawn ar­tillery and called Bri­tish sol­diers ‘Tom­mies’.

He was on the West­ern Front in France from 1916.

“On Fe­bru­ary 27 he wrote, ‘One bat­tery of Tom­mies skit­tled just in front of us – only about six men not hit out of 40,’” Mrs Dawkins said.

She paid trib­ute to for­mer Cottes­loe Star of the Sea Catholic Church priest and WA 11th Bat­tal­ion chap­lain John Fa­hey DSO and his cheeky at­tempts af­ter World War I to dif­fuse ru­mours he had fired a ri­fle when all his of­fi­cers had been killed at Gal­lipoli.

At Mos­man Park, Mayor Ron Nor­ris told the story of how An­zac got its name when a wooden box in­tended for the troops was quickly sten­cilled with the acro­nym be­fore its trans­port over­seas.

“So the name An­zac wasn’t the re­sult of any high-level ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween gen­er­als,” he said.

“It was a store­man who laid the grounds for the grand tra­di­tion we mark to­day.”

An­zac Day pic­ture gallery at www.com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au.

Above left: Mos­man Park Pri­mary School stu­dents Os­car Alpers and Tilly Davis-Rohr at the lay­ing of the the school's wreath at the Mos­man Park cer­e­mony. Right: Ed­ward Rodda (8) and Clemen­tine Cas­tle­den (5) check out the Gal­lipoli medals of Col. Denys Mur­phy worn by his son and for­mer Cottes­loe Mayor Charles Mur­phy.

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