Anzac Day unveiling for bugler icon

UNDER WRAPS: Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green with the new statue which will be unveiled at the Port Lincoln dawn service on Monday.
UNDER WRAPS: Port Lincoln mayor Bruce Green with the new statue which will be unveiled at the Port Lincoln dawn service on Monday.

A STATUE of 10th Light Horse Regiment bugler Leonard Francis Hall will be unveiled at the Port Lincoln War Memorial in Eyre Park at Monday’s Anzac Day dawn service.

The bronze statue, donated to the city by local businessman Peter Teakle, represents all young men of war and is a reminder that in the darkest of circumstances the bugler stands tall so those around him may hear the music and remember the sacrifice made by so many.

“There are so many stories of the men and women who served our great country that need to be shared,” Mr Teakle said.

“If we can honour some of them publicly like this then their legacy can live on and future generations can learn.

Mr Teakle said the detail in the statue, modelled on the Bugler from Burwood statue was “extraordinary.”

“(Sculptor) Bodo (Muche) suffered a stroke whilst working on the cast and his team have ensured this masterpiece has been finished in time for a proud Anzac Day unveiling here in Port Lincoln.”

The statue honours Leonard Francis Hall from Burwood in New South Wales who enlisted in 1915 after the Major of the Light Horse Regiment heard him play the bugle and begged him to join as they did not have a bugler.

As Hall boarded the boat with his bugle in hand he plucked an emu plume from his slouch hat and placed it into the hands of a girl waving in the crowd. When he returned to Australia in 1919, he was met by a woman who said, “Excuse me sir, would you like your plume back?” and two years later they married.

Lower Eyre services

COFFIN BAY

Service at Gallipoli Beach at 11.30am, followed by a barbecue.

CUMMINS

Service at the Garden of Remembrance at 7.30am, followed by a march and gold coin breakfast at the RSL hall. 

PORT LINCOLN

Service at the War Memorial at 6.20am, followed by a gunfire breakfast at the RSL Club. March to leave the Junior Primary at 10am, finishing at the memorial for a service at 10.30am. 

TUMBY BAY

Dawn service at the seafront memorial at 6.30am, followed by march to RSL Club for breakfast. 

WANILLA

Dawn service at RSL site at 6am, followed by breakfast in the community hall.