REMEMBRANCE: A 51st Batallion Catalfaque party guard the cenotaph at the Mount Isa Anzac Day service. Photo: Derek BarryIT may not have had the calendar significance of last year’s centenary, but Mount Isan voted with theirfeet and turned up in large numbers to the Cenotaph outside the Civic Centrefor the 101stanniversary of the Gallipoli landings on 2016’s Anzac Day.
About two thousand people attended the parade and the service that followed on a warm autumnal morning.
They heard the Salvation Army’s Helen Whittle tell a moving story about the Second World War record of her grandfather who died before she was old enough to appreciate his exploits.
“He did things in New Guinea he wanted to forget, but it’s different for me –I don’t want to forget the sacrifices he made in the war,” Ms Whittle said.
Helen Whittle Mount Isa Anzac Day service“Preparatory bombardment commenced before lunch on the July 18, 1916 pounding German positions for seven hours before the attack.” he said.
“It warned the Germans something was afoot and as the Australians left the trenches they were already doomed.”
He said the Fifth Division suffered over 5500 losses on the first day, rending it incapable of further action for many months and the feint was a failure.
“In contrast 2016 also marks the 50thanniversary of the battle of Long Tan, which could so easily have ended in such tragedy,” he said.“In August 1966 the Viet Cong were determined to inflict an early defeat on the Australians.”
He said D Company were patrolling a rubber plantation when his heavy fire.
“The Australians fought grimly and inflicted heavy casualties before reinforcements arrived,” he said.
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