Student’s tribute piece up for award
LITERARY minded student Charlotte Mullens has made the top 10 in Victoria in the Latrobe Young Writers Award and she’ll attend a dinner tomorrow night to celebrate her achievement.
She was tasked with writing up to 1000 words under the theme ‘one year later’ and her subject was her great, great uncle Percy David Mansfield who was killed during service in World War I.
Charlotte, a year 10 pupil at Wangaratta High School, honed in on how the legacy of war has had an impact on the family of Percy for generations after he was declared MIA in 1917.
She used family anthology to trace records of his service and how he was killed in battle in France.
“It was a descriptive narrative retelling about his time at war and the impacts his death had on family a year after he went missing.”
Charlotte learnt a lot about her ancestor and the concept of war during the process of researching and writing the narrative.
“His death affected family for generations and even now in writing this I feel a sense of grief,” she said.
“Australians are told to be grateful for men and women’s service in war and we learn about it as it’s portrayed with thick brush strokes, however, there are a lot of intricacies that are sometimes not explained.”
Charlotte will attend an awards night at Latrobe University in Bundoora tomorrow night to find out who the winner of the state award will be.
NOT FORGOTTEN: Charlotte Mullins with a photo of her great, great uncle Percy David Mansfield, who was declared missing in action (MIA) during his service in World War One.