Late honours for Pine Mountain war heroes
AN HONOUR stone in recognition of the young men from Pine Mountain who fought and died during the First World War will be officially unveiled at a special ceremony this weekend.
Elaine Peet, secretary of the Pine Mountain and Districts Historical Society, said the unveiling would include a service to honour the fallen soldiers.
"Those boys grew up here. They went to school across the road (from the memorial) and played cricket in the park," she said.
"An AIF memorial gravestone had been erected by residents and stands over Private John Murtagh in St Michael's Cemetery.
"We found no memorial for his brother, Michael, who was killed fighting in France. To us, it seemed very unfair that the community honoured the life of one brother but not the other."
Ms Peet said this spurred the society's search for others from the area who should be honoured for the service.
"Our historians spent many days trawling through service records and old newspapers and found the names of 11 more Pine Mountain boys who served," she said.
"We have been given some correspondence sent home from the war to their families and we hope to publish these along with their family stories in our Anzac book next year."
The State Government contributed $10,000 to the society's honour stone through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants program, with Ipswich City Council donating $20,000 to the project.
The 13 soldiers whose names appear on the monument include Sergeant John Barnes, Private Edward Barnes, Private Wildred Bray, Private Albert Broughton, Private Ronald Broughton, Private George Cox, Sapper Hudson Cox, Private John Doolan, Lance Corporal Thomas Fell, Private John Hunter, Private John Murtagh, Private Michael Murtagh and Private Harold Virgo.
The honour stone will be officially unveiled on Saturday from 8am-12pm at The Cricket Pitch, cnr Russells and Pine Mountain Rds.
A Remembrance Day service will be held at 11am on the Pine Mountain site on Wednesday, November 11.
"We will remember them. They are part of our ancestral family," Ms Peet said.