Commemorative service to mark Great War

A century since Britain declared war and entered World War I will be marked in style in Tamworth on Monday, August 4.

LEST WE FORGET: Tamworth RSL Sub-branch members are ready to mark the start of Australia’s involvement in World War I with former RAAF serviceman Bruce Clark, secretary Jayne McCarthy, vice-president Sandra Lamkin and president Bob Chapman. Photo: Gareth Gardner 60714GGE02

LEST WE FORGET: Tamworth RSL Sub-branch members are ready to mark the start of Australia’s involvement in World War I with former RAAF serviceman Bruce Clark, secretary Jayne McCarthy, vice-president Sandra Lamkin and president Bob Chapman. Photo: Gareth Gardner 60714GGE02

The city will mark the occasion with a commemorative service at 11am sharp, as well as launching a book and calendar remembering locals who served, as well as a commemorative port at Anzac Park.

Tamworth RSL Sub-branch president Bob Chapman said the World War I commemorative service would include WWI hymns and poetry.

“It will commemorate the service and commitment of all the fine young Australians who went off to war after August 4 for Britain and its allies,” he said.

“After the service, member for New England Barnaby Joyce will launch the book, Not Just Names In Stone, a calendar featuring WWI servicemen, and a commemorative port.” 

The book tells the story of the men whose names appear on the gates at Tamworth’s Anzac Park, where the service will be held.

After the launch, the community is invited to donate a gold coin and join with serving and ex-service personnel in a sausage sizzle near the rotunda at Anzac Park.

If it is raining heavily at the time of the service, it will be moved to the town hall.

Orders are being taken for the book, calendar and port at the sub-branch.

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