Focus on centenary of RSL Glen Innes sub-branch

Gordon Taylor at the Remembrance Day ceremony in November.

Gordon Taylor at the Remembrance Day ceremony in November.

The day starts with a service at the cemetery in Glen Innes for the “Unveiling of the Graves” ceremony to honour veterans who have died in the past year. This year, five will be honoured.

In Deepwater, the march will start at the Post Office at 8.20 am and go to the School of Arts. A service will follow.

In Emmaville, the march will begin at 10.45 am, with the main service at the Cenotaph half an hour later.

In Glen Innes, the street march will begin forming at 10.30 am and smarch at 11 am. The Anzac Day Service at Anzac Park will be at 11.15 am, with a fly-over by 76 Squadron.

Gordon Taylor, the President of the RSL Glen Innes sub-branch, said his speech will concentrate on the centenary of the branch’s foundation.

He intends to talk about some of the heroes of the last hundred years who came from this area, particularly Colonel James Frederick White who it seems was the first President of the sub-branch and so Gordon Taylor’s predecessor. Colonel White was at Gallipoli.

Another early president was Major Gerald Digby who took part in the Light Horse charge at Beersheeba.

There will be mention of Captain Hugh Main who won the Military Cross in New Guinea after seeing service in North Africa in the Second World War.

There will be praise for Lieutenant Joan Lynn who volunteered to nurse the sick and wounded with the 2nd/4th Australian General Hospital in the Middle East, often with very primitive equipment. She alater said that she was doing no more than “being patriotic”.

Sergeant Major Allen Evans was in the Army for 22 years and saw action in Korea, Malaya and Vietnam.