This year marks the centenary of the end of World War One, and Greg Cavanagh of Wauchope RSL Sub-branch has commemorated it in a special way.
He is publishing the names of all the people who had an association with the Hastings area who served in the Great War.
Greg has done his bit towards the anniversary, and has defined the association as:
- A person who was born in the Hastings and enlisted locally
- A person who was born in the Hastings and enlisted at a distant centre
- A person who born elsewhere, was residing or working in the Hastings at enlistment time
“I have combined research by Hastings Historical Society and my research on Google of available war records to produce a record for each person,” said Greg.
The record includes name, rank, number, unit, enlistment date, time overseas, if died or returned to Australia.
“I have drawn up a list with 548 names of men and women, including one nurse, from the Hastings area who served in World War One, based on local research, Military war records and National Archives,” he said.
Information on each person is included under 22 headings. Included are many Gallipolli soldiers and two men killed at the major battle at Fromelles.
The list will be on display at Port Macquarie library from April 16 to 20 and at Wauchope Library from April 23 to 27. Greg intends to display the collection again on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.
“A full list is recorded on Excel and copies are available. It is accepted that there may be errors due to paucity of records and prior research,” he added.
It is intended to read out details on several men killed in the war, at the Wauchope Anzac Day Service.
There will be a list at the library for people to add details of men they feel should be included. This information must include full name and regimental number and any other details and the informant’s contact details.