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Albury war memorial

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    We are not a registered club and do not have catering or bar facilities.

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City of Albury RSL Sub-Branch

VETERANS SUPPORT CENTRE

527 Wilson Street Albury             Ph 02 6021 1341

Serving the veteran and service community of Albury and district

Patron   The Hon Sussan Ley MP

THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE

ANZAC House

Charles George Bishop memorial

On 31 March 2012 in conjunction with the SS&A Club, the Sub Branch organized the refurbishment and rededication of the memorial on Bishop’s walk in Thurgoona.








Among the guests were the decendents of George Bishop.

The following story of George Bishop was researched by Colin Darts

Bishop, Charles George (1895–1931)

Charles George Bishop (1895-1931), soldier, labourer and council inspector, was born on 12 September 1895 at Urana, New South Wales, son of Charles George Bishop, labourer, and his wife Violet Jane, née Stripling. He attended Lavington Public School but had no further education after his mother died when he was 11. Before World War I he worked as a labourer, and served for two years with a militia unit, the 44th (Riverina) Infantry Regiment.

Bishop enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 3 August 1915 and two months later sailed for Egypt with reinforcements for the 18th Battalion. By May 1916 his unit was in France at Armentières where he distinguished himself in patrolling. On 4 August he was so severely wounded at Pozières Heights that he was unable to return to duty until late December. His battalion remained on the Western Front throughout 1917, fighting at Lagnicourt, Bullecourt, Messines and Passchendaele. Bishop was promoted lance corporal in May, corporal in September and sergeant in October.

In April 1918 he was awarded the Military Medal for leading an attack on an enemy patrol of thirty men at Pont Rouge, Belgium. During a patrol action on 8 March, German scouts had been seen entering a trench; Sergeant Bishop and three men, with covering fire from their mates, assaulted the enemy from a flank and routed them. In September he received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for 'conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty' on 15 April 1918, while in charge of a mopping up party at Cemetery Copse in the Villers-Bretonneux sector. He had to contend with an unexpectedly large number of Germans, but accomplished his task by bringing in neighbouring troops to assist in a prolonged action. His last encounter with the enemy was at Morlancourt on 19 May 1918. Although wounded in the face during the preliminary bombardment, he took charge of a party and reached the objective, rescued a wounded officer and took his place, until he too was wounded and evacuated. For this action, he was awarded a Bar to his Military Medal.

Bishop's various wounds were severe: he was invalided back to Australia on 20 October. The Armistice was signed while he was at sea and he returned to Albury as a local hero. After discharge from the A.I.F. he resumed his former occupation of labourer and worked on the construction of the Hume Weir until 1924 when he was appointed health and nuisance inspector with Hume Shire Council. In 1922 he had married May Elizabeth Knobel at Thurgoona; they had two children. Bishop was a tall well-built man, popular in the district. He marched on Anzac Day, but did not dwell on his wartime experiences. He died at Albury on 17 September 1931 of septic pharyngitis and cellulitis after only two days illness, and was buried in the Catholic cemetery. His early death was hastened by the effects of his wounds.

Researched by

Colin Darts

President

Albury RSL 2012

BATTLE FOR AUSTRALIA SERVICE

The battle for Australia service was held on 2nd Sept in the memorial area at the rear of ANZAC house.

About 25 people attended the service which was conducted by our vice president Harry Hacking who gave a short history of the battles that are commemorated.

Harry was ably assisted by Snr Vice President Mark Dando and Trustee Barry Howard who recited the prayers.

Carmel from Aglow lead the reciting of the Lords prayer which was followed by the Ode of Remembrance the Last Post, Reveille and the National Anthem.

The ladies from Aglow supplied morning tea after the service


Boer War Sevice

On 28th May a Boer War memorial service was held at the new memorial cross at the rear of ANZAC House.

Before the service the Albury RSL chaplain Fr. Alan Kelv blessed and consecrated the cross and surrounding area including the soldier and monument model. It is envisaged that, now that the area has been consecrated, more services will be held in this area.

The service was conducted by our vice president Harry Hacking assisted by Fr. Kelv.

Sarah Winnel led the singing of the hymn and the national anthem.

Kate Walker played Reveille and the Last post.


Young Veterans' Information Forum


The City of Albury RSL Sub-Branch hosted a very successful and well attended Young Veterans' Information Forum at ANZAC House Albury on Sunday the 27th of  October 2013.

Some 53 attended the morning sessions which were followed by lunch. Sixteen Young Veterans' and their family and parents attended. It was pleasing to see family members present to gain a better understanding of the issues that were discussed and to be able to talk directly to decision makers both within the RSL and DVA. Just prior to the morning break I invited Matthew Maw to tell of his experiences as a Young Veteran and his story touched many hearts.

The RSL was well represented with the National and our State Presidents both attending along with The State Secretary and two Counsellors. DVA was also well represented by the attendance of the NSW Deputy Commissioner and Executive Officer. Victoria was represented by David Saunders representing the Deputy Commissioner. Other representatives came from the Wodonga VAN Office and VVCS.

The weather was ideal and allowed for much networking during the morning break and again at lunch.

I measure the success of the forum by the attendance of family members, the quality of the information provided during the panel discussions and the presence of members of the Albury Sub-Branch extending a welcoming hand.

The presence of the VVCS Counsellor was most important and allowed several one-on-one opportunities as feeling and emotions surfaced during the discussions and I might say not only from the Young Veterans themselves.

Another forum is being proposed for  2016 and wider notification will be provided.

Let's all forget about the past and move forward to remain relevant to our Younger Veterans and members of the wider Ex-Service Community.

Graham Docksey, OAM
President


Pictures from the forum

NSW Sate president

National President

Mathew

Networking during morning tea

Mark Dando

Barry Howard

Carmel

Issac & Don

Spanning 70 years of service


Mark Dando, Noel Francis

& Harry Hacking

Young Veterans Forum

We had a very good turn up for the Forum on Sunday 8th May. There were five couples and 4 veterans without partners. The exercise was a positive one for all concerned with information shared.


The presenters were:-

The RSL National President, Ken Doolan.

The Deputy Commissioner Department of Veterans Affairs NSW/ACT, Jennifer Collins. DefenceCare General Manager, Robyn Collins.


They all presented the current and future up dating of their departments and organisations for the benefit of veterans.


Vice President Mark Dando gave a presentation on his experiences and PTSD.


The weather was not conducive to assist us with a rainfall of more than 25 mm (an inch in the old scale).


The visiting veterans found the forum to be very informative and thanked the Sub-Branch for conducting the forum.


Further forums are being planned as they are proving to be beneficial to both the

recent veteran and the members of our sub- Branch.




Graham Docksey RSL Sub-Branch President  opening the forum Mark Dando RSL Sub-Branch Vice President Welcoming the presenters to the forum Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Retd) RSL National President Jennifer Collins Deputy Commissioner DVA NSW/ACT Robyn Collins General Manager DefenceCare

Scaffolding being erected

Old roof removed front view

First sheets going on

Front half nearly finnished

Back half sheeted

Preparing small peak

Old roof removed view from lane

Preparing ready for colorbond

Finished view from lane

Finished front view

Mark Dando, Greg Aplin & Graham Docksey at the official completion of the project

Bird nests removed from roof cavity


ANZAC House gets a new roof

With a grant from the NSW government, for which we are very grateful, the old leaking tiled roof, on the original house, has been replaced with a colorbond roof.

We are very grateful to our local member Greg Aplin for his assistance in obtaining this grant.

The work was carried out by Geoff C Stewart P/L over the last week of January and the first two weeks of February with very little disruption to the operation of the offices.

The following pictures were taken during the roof replacement.

    ANZAC Field of Remembrance

    This fitting tribute came from an idea originated by the late Mrs C J Pope, widow of Rear Admiral Pope.  While visiting London she was impressed by a Field of Remembrance Day held each year in the old churchyard at St Margaret’s alongside Westminster Abbey.  The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory initiated the Field of Remembrance – a day on which small wooden crosses were planted in memory of the fallen.

    On her return to Australia Mrs Pope enlisted the NSW Guild in assisting her to organise the first Field in the grounds of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney.  She continued with her work until her death in 1963 when the War Widows’ Guild (NSW) took over.

    The first ANZAC Field of Remembrance was held in 1952, and has been held every year since to commemorate those who gave their lives in the service of their country.  A non-denominational service is held prior to ANZAC Day at St Andrew’s with the lesson read by the Governor of New South Wales.  After the service and the reading of the ‘Ode to the Fallen’ by the Guild’s President, the Governor plants the first cross in the Field of Remembrance in memory of the Unknown Warrior.  The Governor is followed by representatives of the City of Sydney, the New Zealand Government and the three Services, who also plant crosses, the RSL and the Guild State President.

    The Field of Remembrance is open from the service until the late afternoon on Anzac Day for war widows and members of the public to place small wooden crosses in personal remembrance of their husbands, relatives and friends who died during or following war service.



Albury War Widows conduct services in keeping with the above history.

Crosses are supplied by the Widows, Red for Army, Lt Blue for Air Force, and Navy blue for the Navy. The Field of Remembrance is in St Mathews Church and crosses are placed there a week before ANZAC Day. A closing service is held the day after ANZAC Day and the crosses are collected and held by a local funeral director. When a Returned Service person passes away the relatives are asked permission to cremate the crosses with that person.

The ashes of the crosses are then scattered around the base of the cross, in a ceremony held at the Albury War Graves Cemetery, by the President of the Albury RSL Sub-Branch.

The photos were taken at the 2013 scattering of the ashes ceremony