Reservist Bill Halliday at the Reserve Forces Day parade and ceremony at the RSL Memorial Park.
Reservist Bill Halliday at the Reserve Forces Day parade and ceremony at the RSL Memorial Park. David Nielsen

Forces' fitting tribute

THE sacrifices of the Reserve Forces and the other Australians who went to the Boer War were remembered yesterday in a ceremony at the RSL Memorial Gardens.

Fourteen descendants of Reserve Forces who served during the Boer War between 1899 and 1902 received commemorative medals at the ceremony.

The day also recognised the importance of the Reserve Forces in Australia's military today.

Group Captain Ted Prencel told the crowd the Reserves made up 40% of the armed services.

Organiser Rob Wadley said the role of the armed forces reservist had changed over the years to the point where they performed the same roles and duties.

"They both do the same jobs and take the same risks. We celebrate those who did it when it was a little bit different, when it wasn't like that.

"We're saying thank you to those in the past who had to work their job," he said.

Mr Wadley said it was an emotional day for some of the descendants, accepting the medals on behalf of their family members.

Among those accepting medals were serving Major David Fagan and his father William for their great-great uncle, Private William Fagan.



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