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World War One servicemen to be honoured at Antwerp

Article Category  Current News
Date Published  Wednesday, November 7 2018
Photo  Simon King

World War One servicemen to be honoured at Antwerp
The centenary of the end of the First World War will be marked at Antwerp this weekend with the unveiling of an Honour Board in memory of the local men who served during that conflict.

This is also to correct an oversight which has seen a Honour Board from the Second World War proudly displayed in the hall, but there has never been one for the 1914-1918 war.

A ceremony will be held on the afternoon of Sunday 11 November at the Antwerp hall to honour 29 local servicemen who have been identified with the assistance of Dale Conway, of the Dimboola and District Historical Society, and John Rock, as having served overseas and were either born in Antwerp or lived there prior to enlisting.

Dale Conway will give a visual presentation as part of the event outlining why these men have been selected, and a booklet with information about each of these men, along with those who attempted to enrol, will be available for purchase.

The afternoon will begin at 2.30 pm with a short re-enactment of the recruiting meeting held in July 1915 and this will be followed by the visual presentation, with the highlight being the unveiling of the board by a representative of the Dimboola RSL.

The following are the names that will appear on the new Honour Board -

Laurence T.Binns - Lived in the area. Also served in World War Two.
Albert Birch - Worked for the Ghrimes family before and after the War.
*William Arthur Bond - Was killed in action at Fleurbaix, France, during the Battle of Fromelles on 19 July 1916.
Charles Rundle Bond - Williamís brother.
Arthur Joseph Braithwaite - Father manager of Eucalyptus Factory.
Alfred Jackson Coombs - Born at Ebenezer.
Willie Coombs - Born at Ebenezer.
Albert Gordon Elliott - Family lived in Antwerp.
James William Ferry - Father was a member of the Antwerp Rifle Club.
Louis Edward David Girard - Brother to Edith Cooke. Farmed at Antwerp.
Norman Hankin - Son of Nathaniel, Antwerp blacksmith.
Frederick Harrison - Born at Ebenezer.
Charles Hook - Mother was an Eldridge. Brother to James.
*James Hook - Worked in Antwerp and married Susannah Branford. Killed in action near Passchendaele, Belgium, on 12 October 1917.
*James Schoular Johnson - Worked in Antwerp, married Ida Branford. Killed in action at Westhoek Ridge, near Ypres, Belgium, on 14 September 1917.
*Alfred Gehard Kuhne - Attended Antwerp Primary School. Killed in action at Polygon Wood near Ypres, Belgium, on 27 September 1917.
Malcolm Archibald (Archie) MacKenzie - Lived in the district.
Allan Rankin McDonald - Agent and contractor. Built the Antwerp Primary School.
Percival Olaf Nilsson - Born in Antwerp. Schooled at Ebenezer.
Arthur James Parker - Parents lived in Antwerp.
Orlando Pyke - Worked in the district and married a local women from Ebenezer.
Edwin J J Rowett - Farmed at Antwerp.
Charles Clifford Sandow - Born in Antwerp.
*Walter Herbert Scholz - Parents lived at Antwerp. Killed in action during the attack on Montbrehain, France, on 5 October 1918.
*Robert Stanley Spackman - Born at Banu Bonyit. Killed in action near Broodseinde, Belgium on 7 October 1917.
Harold Edward Spackman - Brother to the above.
*John Edward Starick - Family lived at Antwerp. Killed during the Second Battle of Krithia on the Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey, on 8 May 1915.
John Gustave Wilkinson - Born Antwerp. Enlisted together with his brother Eric and two other brothers.
Eric Cyril Wilkinson - Born Antwerp.

Below - Alfred Gehard Kuhne has been commemorated on the Menin Gate memorial in Ypres in Belgium since the 1920s, and he will now be commemorated in his home town of Antwerp.

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