YOUR STORY: Anglican Parish to hold special service

BUNDABERG Anglican Parish wishes to announce to the broader public in our region that we will be holding a special service in Christchurch at the corner of Maryborough/Woongarra Streets on Remembrance Sunday to again honour our volunteers who served in the Great War of 1914-1918.

A similar service was held in 2014 and was much appreciated by numerous families whose forebears fought in that war.

Our church maintains an honour board which lists almost 300 individuals from our parish who served at that time in Australian, British and Canadian forces.

Of those 42 paid the supreme sacrifice. Among the latter was Dr Guy Luther, a 42 year old local general practitioner, family man with 4 young children and a prominent local citizen who died at Gallipoli in 1915. Like Simpson who helped so many of the wounded it appears that Dr Guy died in similar work.

Since 2014 local RSL researchers have brought to our attention the fact that there were many other volunteers from our congregations of the time whose names were not included on our honour board.

We intend to recognise them, along with the others, on this occasion.

Special guest at our service this year will be retired Bishop to the Defence Forces, Rt Rev. Leonard Eacott.

In addition to preaching Bishop Eacott will, at the end of the service, rededicate our renovated Wayside Cross which stands at the Maryborough/Wooongarra St corner of our property.

This is a prominent landmark in town but is surprisingly often not recognised by our citizens as they pass by.

The Wayside Cross follows an English tradition at their village churches to erect such crosses to honour their war dead.

Our cross was erected in the 1930s to remember those who had fallen in the Great War. It would now be thought to recognise those who have paid the supreme sacrifice in all wars. 

Our Parish Priest, Fr Keith Dean-Jones, and parishioners again invite all citizens to come along to the service on Remembrance Sunday, November 8 at 11am to honour not only those involved in the Great War but also all who have served and/or died in all armed conflict.

We particularly welcome any descendants of those from our parish who served in the Great War.

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