Lower Eyre Peninsula remembers Australia's fallen

People across Lower Eyre Peninsula paid their respects at Remembrance Day services in a year that marked the centenary of Australia’s costliest military year.

About 300 people gathered for the service at Port Lincoln led by Reverend Peter Linn with Port Lincoln RSL president Garry Johnston reading the opening address and recitation.

The address noted how this year marked the centenary of battles at Passchendaele and Beersheba, and how 1917 became Australia’s most costly year for military losses with nearly 77,000 Australians either killed, missing or wounded.

To go along with the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba, four members of the Southern Eyre Light Horse Commemorative Troop attended on their mounts.

Mr Johnston said it was good turnout and the involvement of the Light Horse troop “added to the ceremony”.

People gathered at the Port Lincoln RSL after the ceremony for a light luncheon.

About 70 people gathered at the Tumby Bay War Memorial for the Remembrance Day service, led by Pastor Graham Ingram of Tumby Bay Uniting Church.

The Light Horse troop were also present for the Tumby Bay service with five members on horseback.

About 100 people then gathered at the Tumby Bay RSL Hall for a luncheon.

The Cummins and Yeelanna RSL sub branch held its Remembrance Day service in Cummins with a crowd of about 50 in attendance.

Pastor Peter Klemm from the Cummins Lutheran Church led the service with sub-branch president Denise Barnes delivering the recitation.