Thursday 6 November 2014

Remembrance Day, the forgotten and ANZAC Cottage

At 11 a.m. on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. This marked the end of fighting during the First World War and has been observed ever since as a time to remember those who died in the war.

Although we often utter the words Lest We Forget, the sad truth is that many people were forgotten. The Carnamah War Memorial was erected many years later in 1929 and due to the passing of time or viewing the district very narrowly, the names of three men were never included. They were:

  • Christopher H. Hoskyns-Abrahall, farmer of Winchester. He was Major and 2nd in Command of the Portsmouth Battalion of the Royal Marine Light Infantry. After leading an attack at Gallipoli he died of wounds on a hospital ship in 1915.
  • Herbert V. Larkin, clearing contractor of Winchester and Carnamah. He served with the Australian Imperial Force's 6th Tunnelling Company and died in 1916 from measles and bronco pneumonia.
  • Charles W. E. Vernede, farm manager of Winchester. He served with the 48th Infantry Battalion in France and was killed in action in 1916.

Remembrance Day is being commemorated at ANZAC Cottage in the Perth suburb of Mount Hawthorn with a Field of Remembrance. The field will consist of white crosses dedicated to fallen service men and women. We will be contributing three crosses for the three forgotten men from the Carnamah-Winchester district.

Anyone is welcome to attend ANZAC Cottage's Remembrance Day service for a gold coin donation. It's also a great opportunity to have a look at the cottage built in a day as a memorial and home for a returned serviceman.

When:  10.45 a.m. on Sunday 9 November 2014 
Where:  ANZAC Cottage, 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mount Hawthorn

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