Looking for Kimba’s lost servicemen
According to the Eyre Peninsula Tribune published January 28, 1916, M. Cahill, M. Gunning, M. Sheehan and A. Shepley, all of Moseley, had volunteered for service in World War I.
Their names are on the Roll of Honour that was unveiled at the official opening of the Kimba Soldiers’ Memorial Institute in December 1929 but present-day Kimba has no memory of them.
Researching on behalf of the Kimba and Gawler Ranges Historial Society, I want to know ‘who were these men?’
Because their given names are not known, it is difficult to identify these men from military service records, electoral rolls and postal directories.
They were not landholders, nor were they members of the Returned Servicemen’s Association (Kimba Branch 1925-33).
Can anybody on Eyre Peninsula give these men an identity?
Does anyone remember M. Cahill, M. Gunning, M. Sheehan or A. Shepley who worked in Kimba even for a very short time, prior to 1916?
Did they live in your town?
Is their name on your town’s WWI memorial?
Did they work for your family?
Did they marry into your family?
Any recollections, clues or suggestions will be appreciated in order to finish profiling the men from Kimba and District whose names are on the town’s Roll of Honour.
Please phone me any evening on 8627 2066, text me on 0429 014 297 or write to PO Box 49, Kimba 5641.
Overwhelmed by people’s support
I would like to thank everyone who supported me at the book launch (for Kieran Modra: The Way I See It).
I was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the launch and the atmosphere and energy generated on the night.
Not even a gold medal compares to a night like this.
When I reflect on my sporting career, I am just so grateful for the opportunities and the kindness of coaches who persisted with me.
In the early days it was the coaches at Townsend House, Brighton High and the Kilkenny Cycling Club among others, and then at SASI and the Paralympics.
I feel very humbled because this success is not about me but the people around me especially the eight pilots I rode with and who experienced the highs and lows of a sport that showed no slowing down.
All I wanted is to be the best I can be and I never realised just how many people were following my pursuit.
It wasn't the gold medals I was chasing but the experience.
I was awed by the people who inspired me and at the launch I was so humbled and inspired by your support.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart because it was you guys that kept me going and even now people are saying "You can make the next one, you've got more in you", and I say it's not about me, it's about the others around me who I can help to be their best.
Thank you for a wonderful night.
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