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World War Two veteran, 91 year old Jack Spaven
(second right) attended last Thursday’s Remem-
brance Day Service in Cowes with other local resi-
dents, from left, Hugh and Marilyn Stoppa, Robert
Spaven and Don Cameron. Jack is proudly wearing
his service medals earned during his time in the
RAN on the corvette HMAS Colac when he saw ac-
tive service in the South East Pacific region.
FORMER Australian Army Captain Gary Sim-
mons pays his respects to the Fallen at the Remem-
brance Day Service held at the Cowes cenotaph last
Along with his own service medals Gary is wear-
ing the medals of one of his great uncles, Will Mc-
Dougall, who lost his life during the Gallipoli cam-
paign of World War I and lies buried on the Greek
island of Lemnos.
Will was one of two brothers who enlisted in the
Great War. His other brother Dougall was repatri-
ated home after being wounded six times during
the fierce battles along the Somme in France.
This year’s Remembrance Day was a special time
for Gary who has recently returned from a tour of
the battlefields of Gallipoli, Belgium and France.
The highlight of this visit was the honour of recit-
ing the Oath during the evening service held at the
Menin Gates in Ypres, Belgium. This service has
been held by townsfolk each evening since 1929.
“This was a moment that I will never forget, for as
long as I live,” said an emotional Gary.
Along with two army mates Gary also spent days
walking the Gallipoli Peninsula in following the
footsteps of the ANZACs.
“Gallipoli was a very, very sobering place to be in.
It demonstrated to me the futility of war,” he said.
CHILDREN from the Benton Junior College in
Mornington took time out from their school holiday
camp on Phillip Island, to attend last Thursday’s
Remembrance Day Service at the Cowes cenotaph.
They also laid a wreath in honour of those who
gave their lives in service for our country.
Remembrance Day in Cowes
TIME stood still in Cowes on
Thursday, November 11, at 11am
when a crowd gathered in front of
the Cowes cenotaph for Remem-
This service was replicated at
that time in every town and city
around Australia as the nation
paused to remember and honour
those who have served, are serv-
ing, and who have given their lives
for our country in all theatres of
Led by the president of the Phil-
lip Island RSL, Tom Mallaghan,
last Thursday’s service was a fit-
ting tribute to the 97th anniversary
of the cessation of hostilities of
World War I.
Tom spoke of the significance
of this event for the thousands of
Australian families who had been
affected by war and in many cases,
with the loss of loved ones.
He made mention of the univer-
sal appeal of the red poppy which
was the subject of the World War I
poem, ‘In Flanders Field’.
Following the Last Post, played
on the bugle by Newhaven College
student Michael Brusamarello,
wreaths were laid at the foot of the
cenotaph by representatives of vari-
ous military and community groups
as well as private individuals.
Community members were then
invited to lay a red poppy in mem-
ory of loved ones.
The service concluded with
prayers by the Rev Alwyn Sparkes
and the singing of the national an-
them by local vocalist Kelly Foster
BOTH young and old attended the Remembrance
Day Service in Cowes last Thursday. Little Jarrah
Chudiak laid a poppy with the help of his grand-
father, and Vietnam Veteran, Michael Chudiak of
PHILLIP Island RSL president Tom Mallaghan
(front) stands to attention during the Last Post
played by bugler Mitchell Brusamarello (left).
Mitchell is a student at Newhaven College and has
been a regular attendee at the ANZAC Day and Re-
membrance Day services over the past two years.
Last Thursday was Mitchell’s final duty as the RSL’s
PHILLIP Island RSL Board members Peter Paul
(left) and Bruce Sheldon (right) lay a wreath from
the Member for Flinders Greg Hunt during the Re-
membrance Day Service held at the Cowes ceno-
THESE ladies, from left, Beryl, Wendy, Sandra
and Brenda, came all the way from Canada to at-
tend this year’s Remembrance Day Service held in
Cowes. They were on the Island on a day visit and
were very pleased to honour the memory of family
members on this special day.
Remembrance Day is an important occasion for
all Canadians as their countrymen fought alongside
Australian servicemen in both world wars.
A SMALL but appreciative audience was
taken along a journey of remembrance last
week when the Phillip Island RSL played
host to a unique World War I commemora-
tive roadshow on the eve of Remembrance
Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance is
a key part of the Victorian Government’s
commemorations to mark the centenary
of the start of The Great War.
This presentation is a dynamic, engag-
ing and at times emotional look at war,
from the personal perspectives of a range
of individuals affected both overseas and
It included storytelling, live theatre per-
formances, video clips and extracts from
the diaries of those who served, both on
the front line and in the hospitals.
The Journey of Remembrance is a four
year project and is designed to reach out
to as many people across Victoria as pos-
It has been travelling on the road for
the past 18 months, performing in a wide
range of venues from schools, to clubs,
groups and RSLs.
The roadshow has been created to edu-
cate local communities about the people of
Victoria’s war time involvement, and to in-
spire people to initiate their own centenary
Those who attended the performance
on Phillip Island were moved by its con-
tent and the professionalism of the cast,
and took away with them an ANZAC
Centenary Commemorative Information
This pack contains booklets on Victoria’s
involvement in war, the profiles of Victoria
Cross recipients and included a small to-
ken of remembrance as a keepsake.
Bringing all the drama of World War I to life was the cast of ‘Victoria’s Journey
of Remembrance’ which was presented at the Phillip Island RSL on the eve of
Remembrance Day. Cast members (from left) Riley Pullen Elizabeth Brennan
(narrator) and Rebecca Fortuna are pictured with RSL president Tom Mallaghan.
A journey to remember
SCHOOL students stole the show at
last week’s Remembrance Day com-
memoration at the cenotaph in San
Groups from San Remo and Ne-
whaven primary schools were polite,
attentive and willing to take part in the
solemnity of the occasion. Representa-
tives from both schools laid wreaths
which they had made themselves.
Shortly after MC John Methven began
a brief talk about how Remembrance
Day began, pupils from a school in the
Melbourne suburb of Doreen, who were
in the area on a camp, saw what was
happening and hastened to join in.
Before walking back over the bridge
to return to class, two Newhaven Prima-
ry youngsters courteously thanked Mr
Methven for the invitation to take part
in the commemoration. Mr Methven, a
Vietnam veteran, was visibly touched.
Mr Methven was supported in his role
as MC by fellow Vietnam veteran Bill
Noble, who read The Ode and acted as
One of San Remo’s few remaining
World War II veterans, Norm King, left
his sick bed to attend. He was able to
steady the music sheet for Peter Buiten-
huis, who played an emotive rendition of
the Last Post and Rouse on the trumpet.
The commemoration is a community
event and afterward, organisers joined a
convivial morning tea hosted by the San
San Remo honours Remembrance Day
John Methven (right), MC at the San
Remo Remembrance Day ceremony,
and fellow Vietnam veteran Bill No-
ble, who read The Ode and acted as
flag raiser, stand quietly as Peter Bu-
itennhuis (rear) plays the Last Post.
Members of the Phillip Island Senior
Citizen’s Club, Hewather McRae and
Barbara Lynch, are pictured manning
the RSL Poppy Appeal in Cowes over the
weekend, in the lead up to Remembrance
Day on Wednesday, November 11.
The Red Poppy emblem is symbolic of
those who have fallen in times of war.
The money raised is used to assist both
current and former serving members of
the Australian and Allied defence forces
and their dependents when in need.
The RSL encourages all Australians to
purchase a poppy and ‘Remember’.
After the First World War, red poppies
were among the first plants to bloom in
the devastated battlefields of northern
France and Belgium.
In soldier’s folklore, the vivid red of
the poppy came from the blood of their
comrades soaking the ground, making
the poppy symbolic of the bloodshed in
Making the red poppies dance
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