Lest we for­get sac­ri­fice

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

LIKE most Aus­tralians, Kate Mar­shall is far re­moved from the hor­rors of World War I.

But next month the 25year-old Beel­iar res­i­dent will get a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the sac­ri­fices more than 400,000 Aus­tralians made on the front line as one of just eight West Aus­tralians se­lected to tour Bel­gium and France to com­mem­o­rate 100 years since the end of the war.

Dur­ing the 10-day tour, the group will visit French and Bel­gian bat­tle­fields and at­tend a Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony at the Villers-Bre­ton­neux Aus­tralian War Memo­rial.

Ms Mar­shall has a con­nec­tion to the ground the Aus­tralian memo­rial sits on, with great-great un­cles Cor­po­ral Au­gus­tus Pegg Farmer and Pri­vate Larry Farmer killed at Villers-Bre­ton­neux.

Iden­ti­fy­ing as Noon­gar, she said she hoped her par­tic­i­pa­tion in the tour would help her learn more about the Abo­rig­i­nal ser­vice­men who fought to pro­tect their coun­try.

“I’m re­ally hop­ing to have a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Aus­tralian and Indige­nous Aus­tralian sac­ri­fices dur­ing World War I and to de­velop a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what they went through,” she said.

“Their sac­ri­fices are what en­ables us, as Aus­tralians, to live the way we do now and to have the op­por­tu­nity to say thank you is a re­ally spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

“I’m ex­cited to see all of the sights in France and Bel­gium, but I think the part I’m most ex­cited is the ac­tual Cen­te­nary of the Ar­mistice on Novem­ber 11 be­cause it’s be­ing held at Villers-Bre­ton­neux and I have time set aside to visit my un­cles’ graves.”

WA Pre­mier Mark McGowan said it was im­por­tant for young West Aus­tralians to re­mem­ber the war-time sac­ri­fices.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

d487050 Mur­doch Univer­sity stu­dent Kate Mar­shall is one of eight young West Aus­tralians se­lected for a once-in-a-life­time tour com­mem­o­rat­ing the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice.

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