IN THEIR FOOT­STEPS

An ex­pected 2000 stu­dents will march down York Street to­day to com­mem­o­rate the sign­ing of the ar­mistice to endd World War II, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of thou­sands of troops en route to the war.

Albany Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Shan­non Smith

Schools from across the re­gion will come to­gether for a pa­rade to­day to recog­nise those who fought for Aus­tralia.

Across 26 schools, some 2000 stu­dents will com­mem­o­rate the Cen­te­nary of the Ar­mistice with a march down York Street this morn­ing.

They will march from 10am and as­sem­ble at the An­zac Peace Park for a cer­e­mony to con­clude the Al­bany 100 schools re­search project.

The project has seen 100 school stu­dents across the var­i­ous schools un­cover the sto­ries be­hind the names on the Al­bany War Memo­rial.

One of the he­roes who holds his place in the Av­enue of Hon­our and in the Al­bany 100 project is Oswald An­gove.

Res­i­dent Peter Bolt is a de­scen­dant of Mr An­gove and has been work­ing with a stu­dent re­search­ing his rel­a­tive for the project.

Mr Bolt said his grand­fa­ther’s brother, Mr An­gove, left Al­bany and ended up with the 28th Bat­tal­ion fight­ing on the West­ern Front in Bel­gium.

“From what we can gather, he died in the trenches from go­ing into bat­tle,” he said.

“I was read­ing some of the 28th Bat­tal­ion records and they talk about a heavy bar­rage of ar­tillery fire be­fore they went over the top on that par­tic­u­lar day, Septem­ber 20, 1917.

“My grand­fa­ther William Henry An­gove also went to WWI, he re­turned to Aus­tralia when he was wounded, and I saw a tele­gram of when he found out the news of his brother. I am re­ally ex­cited to find out the other things that the young stu­dent re­search­ing Oswald has found out.”

Al­bany 100 fol­lows on from Do You Have an An­zac in Your Fam- ily?, co-or­di­nated by Al­bany His­tory Col­lec­tion’s lo­cal his­tory co-or­di­na­tor Sue Le­froy in 2014.

Gov­er­nor of West­ern Aus­tralia, the Honourable Kim Bea­z­ley AC, will be a spe­cial guest at the ser­vice. There will also be a Bell and Cross Cer­e­mony pay­ing trib­ute to the 100 soldiers listed on the Al­bany War Memo­rial who died dur­ing the Great War.

York Street and Princess Royal Drive will be closed to traf­fic be­tween 9am and 12 noon for the school pa­rade and memo­rial ser­vice.

Soldiers march­ing through Al­bany in 1914.

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