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Undera honours its veterans

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November 13, 2017

Veterans Donald Anderson and John Warren in front of the WWII commemorative plaques at Undera Primary School.

Undera Primary School unveiled its World War II Honour Roll on Remembrance Day.

About 100 people attended to witness the presentation of the Undera and district memorial wall which commemorates those who fought.

The Memorial Wall is a combined effort of local residents and Undera Primary School principal David Farrell.

The three plaques feature 93 names of Undera and district servicemen and women who served in World War II.

Two men, Don Anderson and John William Warren, fought in the war and were in attendance to watch as the covers were pulled off plaques that recognised their efforts.

Mr Warren served as part of the 58 and 59th Australian Infantry Battalion after leaving the family farm at St Germains.

After serving in France and Belgium, he returned home and now his family has witnessed the unveiling of a plaque commemorating his efforts.

Meredith Warren said her father was always happy to share his story.

‘‘He doesn’t hesitate to talk to anyone about his experiences in the war, even with his family. He’s told us kids and the grandkids about a lot of it,’’ Ms Warren said.

‘‘Days such as this and Anzac Day are so important to him; it’s the recognition and the chance to have the family together.

‘‘He’s one of two people still alive in the area, so for him to see his own name up there on the wall is a terrific thing to have.’’

Undera Primary School principal David Farrell said the memorial was a vital part of Undera’s remembrance.

‘‘There’s a growing interest in the commemorations around the district and having time for people to reflect upon the locals who have served our country,’’ Mr Farrell said.

Guest speaker Graeme Bayley spoke of his grandfather Fred Rowe, who was a member of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba and his father, who fought in World War II.

‘‘Remembrance Day is just as important as Anzac Day, it’s certainly one of the biggest days on our calendar and the servicemen’s sacrifices shouldn’t be forgotten.’’

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