Recog­ni­tion for World War hero

Vic­to­ria Cross re­cip­i­ent is hon­oured with truck rest area trib­ute

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LIEU­TENANT AL­BERT BORELLA, a Vic­to­ria Cross re­cip­i­ent dur­ing the First World War, has been com­mem­o­rated with a re­cently opened Hume High­way rest area named in his honour at Murlo in New South Wales.

Lieu­tenant Borella served in both World Wars. He was awarded the Mil­i­tary Medal for con­spic­u­ous brav­ery in 1917 and was men­tioned in despatches for his de­vo­tion to duty.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Michael Mc­Cor­mack says Lieu­tenant Borella was awarded Aus­tralia’s high­est award for acts of brav­ery in wartime, the Vic­to­ria Cross, for his brav­ery in 1918, lead­ing a pla­toon in an at­tack to straighten the front­line be­yond Villers-Bre­ton­neux.

“While ahead of his troops, Lieu­tenant Borella sin­gle-hand­edly cap­tured a ma­chine gun. Af­ter clear­ing a trench and dug outs, he then in­spired his men to hold out dur­ing heavy en­emy coun­ter­at­tacks,” Mc­Cor­mack says. “Borella is an ex­am­ple of why we hold our ser­vice per­son­nel in such high re­gard. This action, along with ear­lier ac­tions, shows a pro­found com­mit­ment to de­fend­ing our na­tion.”

An of­fi­cial ded­i­ca­tion was held on May 14 as part of the NSW Cen­te­nary of An­zac Com­mem­o­ra­tion at the rest area, which is near Mul­len­gan­dra and around 40km north of Al­bury.

“The Murlo Heavy Ve­hi­cle Rest Area will now be known as the Al­bert Borella Vic­to­ria Cross Rest Area, which is a won­der­ful trib­ute to a true local and na­tional hero, and part of the State’s broader recog­ni­tion of our ser­vice­men and women,”

NSW Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Re­gional Roads, Mar­itime and Trans­port Kevin An­der­son says.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, a plaque was un­veiled by the Borella fam­ily, fea­tur­ing Lieu­tenant Borella’s ci­ta­tion and bi­og­ra­phy.

“Al­bert Borella set­tled in Al­bury af­ter World War II with his wife Elsie,” Fed­eral Mem­ber for Far­rer Su­san Ley says. “He died in 1968, aged 87, and was buried with full mil­i­tary hon­ours in the Pres­by­te­rian Ceme­tery in North Al­bury.”

NSW Mem­ber for Al­bury Greg Aplin says trees were also planted by the Borella fam­ily in Lieu­tenant Borella’s mem­ory.

“Af­ter be­ing ap­proached by Cr Gra­ham Dock­sey, then pres­i­dent of the Al­bury RSL sub-branch, to re­name and ded­i­cate the rest area in honour of Al­bert Borella, we are pleased to make this a re­al­ity,” Aplin says.

The Murlo rest area was opened to traf­fic in July 2017 and was a $6.2 mil­lion project jointly funded by the Aus­tralian and NSW Gov­ern­ments un­der the Heavy Ve­hi­cle Safety and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Pro­gram.

LEFT: The Borella fam­ily and dig­ni­taries at the un­veil­ing of Lieu­tenant Borella’s plaque on May 14 at the Murlo rest area

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