HONOUR: Jack Blanch, Wylie Cullen, Jack Buckland and seated Bertie Rixon (killed in action).
HONOUR: Jack Blanch, Wylie Cullen, Jack Buckland and seated Bertie Rixon (killed in action).

Uncovering Kyogle's war history

ACCORDING to Doug Campbell, of the Kyogle Historical Society, there were more men of the Kyogle Shire per head of population who enlisted for the First World War than anywhere else in Australia.

From the village of Ettrick alone, 50 men enlisted. Of those, 18 were killed.

General Sir Henry George Chauvel, from Tabulam, led the infamous Light Horse charge into Beersheba in October 1917.

These pieces of history will be part of a display to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, to be held in the foyer shop of the Kyogle Memorial Hall from April 7-30.

The society has thousands of photos, books, letters and diaries, but is calling on anyone who has other

material that can be copied for the display.

"There should have been a book a long time ago about soldiers of this region," Mr Campbell said.

"If it's recorded it stays as living history, or else it dies. There is a lot that was never recorded, which is a shame."

 

Get involved

If you have anything you can contribute phone Doug Campbell on 6632 1682 or Bruce McKenzie from the Kyogle RSL sub-branch on 042  617 404.



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