Watch: Evans Head auditorium full for dawn service
RAIN did not deter the veterans, the war widows, the school children and parents or the community service groups from attending Evans Head’s dawn service this morning.
One squall delayed the march and a much heavier one about 10 minutes later hurried up the walk which ended up in the Woodburn-Evans Head RSL auditorium.
Despite it’s large confines the auditorium was packed to bursting as the ceremony took place.
Twelve Year 9 students from Evans River K-12 school proudly headed the march carrying posters of 12 soldiers they had researched for their elective history subject in conjunction with the Evans Head Living Muse”Ium.
Teacher Greta Nagle said the project helped the young students gain a deeper understanding of what happened in World War One.
“It also helped them with their research skills and connected them to the community,” she said.
Year 9 student Mya Tosomeen agreed.
“I researched Lance Corporal George Edward Paddon who was killed in action,” she said.
“I never knew much about World War One but I feel I connected with (George Paddon).
“I feel empathy with every soldier but I feel like I know George.”
George, a 22 year old oysterman from Evans Head, received multiple wounds in a five day operation with the 9th Battalion in the Battle of Mouquet Farm, Pozieres.
He was evacuated to the 13th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne where five days later he died from his horrific wounds.