Bedgerabong dedicates war memorial to honour WWI diggers

Bedgerabong now has its own war memorial, an acknowledgement of those from the rural community who served in World War I and a centrepiece for future commemorations.

Descendants of those listed on the new memorial gathered with the community on Sunday for a dedication service. With the 6th Light Horse Trundle Troop and 200 Army Cadet Unit Platoon I in attendance, President of the Bedgerabong War Memorial Church Glenn Constable explained the project had been several years in the making.

The idea came from community member and 6th Light Horse Trundle Trooper Jimmy Rodgers, and quickly drew the support of the church board. Twenty three World War I service men, one of whom was killed in action, are listed. Bedgerabong students read a little about each of those listed on the memorial, their photographs and stories were on display at the church after official proceedings. Family members and community groups were invited to lay wreaths before Mr Rodgers sounded The Last Post and piper Rob Neal played the Lament.

Pictured above are: MAJ (AAC) Phillip Mitchell - Officer Commanding of 200ACU, with CAPT (AAC) John Brown, CPL (AAC) Camille Baldwin, LCPL (AAC) Anthony Healy, DAH Andy Cooper and DAH Ken McAlister with the Grenfell, Young and Boorowa Cadets.

Grenfell Cadets attended Bedgerabong for the Community War Memorial Dedication.

Grenfell Cadets attended Bedgerabong for the Community War Memorial Dedication.