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Remembering The Fallen

Story: Redcliffe Guide
Oct 29, 2018
Remembering the fallen
It’s been 100 years since the guns fell silent on Europe’s Western Front, at the end of the First World War.

Known at the time as the Great War, it remains one of the costliest conflicts for Australia.

“From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.” (source:

The sacrifice of those who gave their lives has not been forgotten and the centenary of the signing of the Armistice will be commemorated with an event at Jamieson Park, Scarborough on Saturday, November 10 from 10am.

Redcliffe RSL vice-president Cheryl Barrett says this year is a significant anniversary.

“It’s so important to mark this occasion,” she says.

“All those young men, if they didn’t go (to war) we wouldn’t be the country that we are today.”

“Really, we are living on the back of their trauma and it’s important that we always remember that — especially for young people to realise that nothing is ever free; everything has a price.”

The commemoration event will feature a re-enactment of the signing of the Armistice treaty by students from Grace Lutheran College, an aerial “dog fight” with planes from the era and a skirmish demonstration by re-enactors from Fort Lytton.

Cheryl continues:  “There will also be four canon shots fired to commemorate the Armistice signing,” Cheryl said.

“We’ll have static displays from the cadets, we’ll have bell tents there set up like a World War I camp, old vehicles and the Rising Suns army band.

“A Major-General from Enoggera Barracks will be there and a Group Captain from Amberley.”

The Light Horse Association and the French Foreign Legion Association will also take part in the day.

The Redcliffe RSL will host its usual Remembrance Day service the following day, Sunday, November 11, at 10.45am at Anzac Place, Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe.

“We wanted to have this big event on the Saturday, so that everyone could still go to their normal Remembrance Day services on the Sunday,” Cheryl said. “We hope everyone in the community will come along.”

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