Re­servist joins trib­ute to heroes

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

WEST Perth army re­servist Cap­tain Ni­cholas Mahr (27) is among 14 part-time sol­diers from WA go­ing to France and Bel­gium to commemorate the cen­te­nary of Western Front World War I bat­tles at Fromelles and Poz­ières.

“I see this trip as an op­por­tu­nity to play my part in hon­our­ing the sac­ri­fices made by those in World War I, and to rep­re­sent my coun­try on such an oc­ca­sion will be some­thing I will re­mem­ber fondly for the rest of my life,” said Cap­tain Mahr, who in­structs gun­nery at Ir­win Bar­racks in Kar­rakatta.

The com­mem­o­ra­tion party leaves Perth to­day.

It will re­mem­ber the 11th and 28th Bat­tal­ions that fought at Poz­ières where they re­ceived bat­tle hon­ours now dis­played on the colours car­ried by Capt Mahr dur­ing com­mem­o­ra­tions.

In mid-1916, Poz­ières was a small French vil­lage in the Somme Val­ley that was ini­tially cap­tured by Aus­tralians who re­pelled re­peated Ger­man counter-at­tacks.

The party will par­tic­i­pate in cer­e­monies re­mem­ber­ing Aus­tralia’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Al­lied vic­tory of 1918, in­clud­ing some of the army’s great­est achieve­ments and its largest losses.

The cer­e­monies will in­clude the an­nual Bastille Day pa­rade through Paris, which Aus­tralia will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in for the first time.

Cap­tain Ni­cholas Mahr is part of a del­e­ga­tion par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­mem­o­ra­tion of the cen­te­nary of the Western Front bat­tles of Fromelles and Pozierès.

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