The Honour Roll rededication at South Gundurimba Hall was attended by a large crowd and MP Thomas George and Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
The Honour Roll rededication at South Gundurimba Hall was attended by a large crowd and MP Thomas George and Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Big turnout for Honour Roll

You couldn’t find a car park at South Gundurimba Hall where more than a 100 people paid their respects to fallen servicemen and watched the unveiling of the new honour rolls.

The honour roll, made in 1919, lists the names of pupils from the South Gundurimba Public School who enlisted in the First World War.

Most of them returned home safely, but of the 84 names listed five did not.

Hall committee members thought it was important to remember their sacrifice and had the honour roll restored by Casino-based craftsman Colin Fardo.

Pieces of the timber frame had fallen off or been lost over the years, but it was painstakingly restored to its original condition.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and MP Thomas George were on hand to help unveil the restored boards.

Family and relatives had been contacted by committee members to attend the service.

Secretary Alan Hoskins said it showed the appreciation by people in the community of the sacrifice made.

"These guys went to war for us, five died and one died following the war," Mr Hoskins said.

"They did a fantastic job in forming Australia," he said.

"The second board came from across the river at Gundurimba.

"We believe that this records the names of ex-students from that school who enlisted.

"The hall committee applied for and received a grant from the Anzac centenary grant fund to restore this board."

At the conclusion of the service those in attendance were given a small poppy to place on the table under the Honour Roll as a mark of respect.

Information about those enlisted had been placed up around the hall.

As with such events there was a large selection of food ready to be consumed at the final conclusion of events.



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