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Sacrifice honoured | The West Australian

Margaret River’s Returned and Services League is looking to contact families and descendants of those featured on an historic honour board ahead of next month’s Remembrance Day memorial.

The original honour board went missing years ago, after erection in the now-defunct Trinder School, but Margaret River and Districts Historical Society volunteers built a replica late last century to honour those named.

It was mounted 100 years ago by MLA William Pickering during the time of WA’s superintendent of schools Cecil Andrews, with the board including the names of the local pioneer’s brothers, along with three others killed in action in World War I.

RSL’s Gordon Temby said 2019’s Remembrance Day on November 11 was a fitting occasion to recognise those from the region who made “the supreme sacrifice”.

“If their relatives or descendants are on the honour board, we’d like them to come along to the service,” he said.

The honour roll included Andrews brothers Chris and Lance who were killed in action and featured in the recent debate around renaming of a local street in their honour.

Mr Temby said Cecil Andrews had a “special connection” to the region after living here and losing his brothers in the war.

“It also represents the five men who made the supreme sacrifice.”

Historical Society president Vivian Halsall said the board normally lived in the old Bramley School, based at Margaret River’s Old Settlement, where it was a feature attraction for visiting tourists and school groups. “It means everything to the local community because these are the originals from the world war,” she said.

“It’s an honour for us to have it in the school because I think it’s quite fitting it should be down here with the school and all the information about the local families.

“A lot of families get to see it,” she said.

Relatives identifying family members in the replica should contact Mr Temby on 0419 954 658 or gftemby@hotmail.com as soon as possible.

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