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April 15, 2021

RSL seeks Tweed Gallipoli connection

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Murwillumbah’s Returned Services League sub branch is searching for Tweed residents whose forefathers were involved in the Gallipoli landing for a unique centenary commemoration on ANZAC Day.

The sub branch will mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing by creating white crosses with the names of soldiers, sailors and nurses connected to Tweed residents who served in the Gallipoli campaign.

The crosses will be placed around the Murwillumbah memorial.

Sub branch members and Murwillumbah High School students, have compiled an honour role of World War I veterans from the Tweed and have put out a call for community support to add to the list.

‘We are asking residents of Murwillumbah and the wider Tweed Shire area to advise us of the details of anyone who was a relative of a veteran at Gallipoli,’ sub branch President Derek Sims said.

But in a novel twist they are not only looking for service-people who came from the Tweed, they can simply be names of people be connected to anyone who is currently living in the Tweed.

‘The display of crosses to mark this event is in keeping with a tradition we have in Murwillumbah on Remembrance Day.’

People who think they know of someone who served in the Gallipoli campaign, or anyone interested in finding out if they might, can visit the National Archives of Australia website www.naa.gov.au or the Australian Imperial Force website www.aif.edu.au.

Details should be provided to the sub branch by 10 April and should include name, rank, any decorations and whether the person for wounded or killed at Gallipoli, or died of wounds received there.

‘Our list of people who enlisted from the Tweed in 1914 to 1918 shows there were around 1500 people but I’d expect there would be more,’ Mr Sims said.

Tweed Shire Council is organisinga special Fragments: Words of War exhibition at Tweed Regional Museum, Murwillumbah, which begins on Tuesday 21 April on continues through the year.

Tweed Regional Museum staff and Murwillumbah RSL members will host a Bring Your Memorabilia open day at the Murwillumbah Museum on Saturday 2 May. The open day will offer people an opportunity to learn more about researching war records and caring for memorabilia.

From this month, the Museum is open on the first Saturday of each month, from 10am to 4pm, as well as a special opening on ANZAC Day for the Fragments exhibition.

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