As dawn breaks, Jerilderie remembers

Jerilderie remembers those they lost at the ANZAC day dawn service


Diary entries of a soldier brings home the sacrifice young men made at Jerilderie's ANZAC Day dawn service.


Like many communities around the country, Jerilderie gathered at dawn to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Laurie Blackmore from the Jerilderie RSL Sub-Branch led the service, competing with the cockatoos as dawn broke over the lake behind the cenotaph.

During the service, Mr Blackmore read out the diary entries of 21-year-old soldier who fought in WWI. He reveled at the end the soldier was the father of long-time Jerilderie resident, John Peel.

The Last Post plays at Jerilderie's ANZAC day Dawn Service

"The hardship and trauma of just one soldier I have outlined this morning was felt by nearly all soldiers who have fought in of any of the wars Australia has been involved in," Mr Blackmore said.

"The courage and mateship that has been shown by so many serving members is something to marvel at."


The service was attended by Edward and Rosalind Barclay, who travelled from Brisbane to be there to honor the memory of Edward's relative, Edward Horgan, a Jerilderie resident who fought in WWII and died on July 5, 1943 at Hellfire Pass, Thai Burma Railway.

Mr Barclay said even though it was only his second time in Jerilderie, it felt like coming home.


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