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Honouring those who fell – Lest We Forget

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The bust was modelled on local fallen soldier Private Patrick Bugden. Photo Tree Faerie.

Eve Jeffery

Last Saturday was the 102nd anniversary of the death of Private Patrick Bugden. Budgen was killed in action in the battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium so it was only fitting that the date was chosen to unveil a bronze bust modelled on his likeness as a representation of all of the young men who died overseas at the hand of war.

Major Warren Walsh of the 41st Battalion and Justine Elliot MP at the unveiling of the Honour Roll which lists 194 fallen solders and POWs. Photo Tree Faerie.

Among the dignitaries on the day were Justine Elliot who unveiled the bust and an honour roll. ‘The Bangalow RSL who are such strong advocates for our veteran community, and indeed, for the wider community, who I know strongly support their endeavours,’ said Ms Elliot. ‘RSL members came to me some time ago with proposals to create these permanent memorials and I’m proud to have assisted them in securing the federal funding for these projects.

‘Every town in Australia has its own story and its own personal connection to the terrible conflicts of war, and today we honour and renew that connection to our region.

‘Today’s dedication ceremonies are for the Honour Roll and the bronze bust. They were created and will be displayed to remember the sacrifice made by so many locals in defending our nation.

Ms Elliot also noted that the RSL has shopped locally for these projects. ‘The stone came from Tregeagle and it was arranged and delivered by a Ballina business; the bronze bust which was conceived and created by sculptor, Susan Kaden, working from her studio in Huonbrook, and the stonemason for the project – Albie Hartnett – is based at Friday Hut Road, Possum Creek. The Honour Roll was designed and constructed by Stuart Pratley, who is directly across the street from the RSL.’

Justine Elliot MP and sculptor Susan Kaden, with the bust at the Bangalow RSL. Photo Tree Faerie.

Patrick Bugden attended the Bangalow Public School from 1903 to 1905. The Honour Roll bears the names of those district volunteers who paid the ultimate price in the First World War.

On the 28th September 1917, Private Patrick Bugden was killed as well as Private John Hare, a farmworker from Teven and Reverend David Hunter, of the Knockrow Methodist Church. These three men are on the new Honour Roll. There is also Private Willie Brandie and Private James Weir of Clunes, both were killed in action just one day before.

‘We must never forget the more than 1.5 million Australians who have served our country in wartime and the more than 100,000 who have lost their lives.

‘We must always be mindful of these brave men and women, who have served, and continue to serve, our nation during times of war and peace. We all owe them, and their families, a continued debt of gratitude.  Lest we forget.’

‘Lest we forget.’

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  1. Iam, and my family, are forever in debt to those
    Brave and courageous men and women who gave their lives to fight for the freedom’s Australians enjoy to this very day” God Bless you all”

    LEST WE FORGET ‘ and thanks Eve ! ?

    • Where do you get your information?
      Only World War II was about protecting any freedoms. Every other war Australia has been blindly or willingly duped into, & our involvement in has had nothing to do with protecting “Australian’s freedoms”. Most recently, the 2nd Iraq “WMD” War even defied the UN, with subsequent judicial inquiries in both the US & UK ruling it to be an “illegal” war.

  2. War is Hell and in Hell there is death and last Saturday was the 102nd anniversary of the death of Private Patrick Bugden in the war to end all wars, World War I of 1914 -19.
    Budgen in fighting for Australia was killed in the battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium in the mud, the dirt and the dust of Europe over there. Over here in peacetime we are reminded that peace is to be fought for and that date of last Saturday was chosen to unveil a bronze bust modelled on Bugden’s likeness in representation of all of the young men who died overseas, pushing forward while bullets whistled around them. May he and all the young men who died rest in peace.


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