War pines reded­i­cated

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By JON BAS­SETT

YOUNG Nor­folk pines have been reded­i­cated to re­place three that have died since be­ing planted by Mos­man Park fam­i­lies to re­mem­ber rel­a­tives who died dur­ing World War I.

“While Aus­tralian his­tory says that age shall not weary the dead of our wars, un­for­tu­nately what we have found is Nor­folk pines last only about 80 years,” Mos­man Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris said at the reded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony last Thurs­day.

Ear­lier this year, the Town searched for rel­a­tives of three Mos­man Park and Cottes­loe ser­vice­men killed in World War I who are com­mem­o­rated with the pines that needed re­plac­ing at the coun­cil’s Memo­rial Park on Palmer­ston Street.

The trees for broth­ers Harry and Al­lan John were reded­i­cated by their nephew Bob Dixon (86) and grand-niece Ja­nine Dixon. Mr Dixon has vis­ited the Western Front in Bel­gium where his un­cle, whom he said un­til then he only knew as “the one who died in the war”, fell.

Bal­la­jura res­i­dent Shel­ley McK­ib­bin was at the Mos­man Park cer­e­mony for a new tree re­mem­ber­ing her great-grand­fa­ther Wil­liam Stevens-Press.

“He died on the Western Front aged 42, and I’m go­ing there next month, be­cause both he and my grand­fa­ther served to­gether in 16th Bat­tal­ion,” Ms McK­ib­bin said.

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