Tumby RSL progress First World War plaque

PLAQUE: Geoff Stewart in front in the entrance hallway with a photo of Private Francis Arnold Olston, one of the names that will be on the World War I plaque.
PLAQUE: Geoff Stewart in front in the entrance hallway with a photo of Private Francis Arnold Olston, one of the names that will be on the World War I plaque.

The Tumby Bay RSL is moving ahead with plans for a commemorative plaque for those from the Tumby Bay district who died in World War I after receiving a $2084 Department of Veteran’s Affairs Community Commemorative Grant to help pay for it.

The plaque will go in the entrance hallway across from the plaque commemorating those who died in World War II.

Tumby Bay District Council deputy mayor and RSL member Geoff Stewart said the plaque would supplement the Wall of Remembrance in the clubrooms.

“I started the idea six years ago but we only applied for grants now the Centenary grants were available,” he said.

“We’re ecstatic that we were successful.” 

There will be 40 names on the plaque, which will be surrounded by photographs of those named.

WALL: The Wall of Remembrance within the Tumby Bay RSL clubrooms, showing those from the Tumby Bay District that have served in Australia's conflicts.

WALL: The Wall of Remembrance within the Tumby Bay RSL clubrooms, showing those from the Tumby Bay District that have served in Australia's conflicts.

Mr Stewart said the 40 people were a great loss to the community, especially considering the population of the district at the time.

“It is appropriate that our community and government are willing to provide funds to commemorate the sacrifice made by our service people to preserve our way of life,” Mr Stewart said.

“Lest we forget.”

The plaque is expected to be in place before the end of the financial year.

The RSL has photos for the majority of names on the plaque but is happy to hear from anyone with photographs of any service people who served in World War I or any other conflict.

Anyone with any photographs to share can contact Geoff Stewart on 0419 208 994.