Gosnells councillor wants to honour fallen soldiers by naming roads after them


Harry Rosielle, Stuart Holmes, Anne Webster and Phillipa Webster, Fred Batt, Fred Floor and councillor Pierre Yang. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Harry Rosielle, Stuart Holmes, Anne Webster and Phillipa Webster, Fred Batt, Fred Floor and councillor Pierre Yang. Picture: Matt Jelonek

GOSNELLS councillor Pierre Yang will move a proposed motion at Tuesday’s council meeting to get two new roads in Southern River named after fallen soldiers.

Cr Yang said he wanted to honour two soldiers from the Gosnells area who had died during war; Private Allen James Head of Gosnells and Private James Clifton Webster from Orange Grove his suggestions to receive the recognition.

Private Head was a member of 1 RAR and was killed in action on November 17, 1952 in Korea at 19.

Private Webster was called up in the first national service intake and was killed in Vietnam on February 21, 1967 at 22.

Cr Yang said he wanted a formal commitment to honour the soldiers by naming two streets after them in the Southern River business park.

“I am very glad that being a member of the RSL I have spoken with the different veterans and this has come to my attention and I wanted to help,” he said.

“We have a big development and the City has a lot of capability of naming streets in our own development.”

Gosnells RSL’s Harry Rosielle said these were the only two people brought up in the Gosnells area that were killed in the Korea and Vietnam wars.

The sister of Private Webster, Anne Webster, said it would be a good way of recognising him and other soldiers.

“There has been a lot of PTSD among the Vietnam veterans,” she said.

“Just the fact that he is recognised; he was a generous, lovely guy and he was called up and it changed his life.

“It would promote more understanding that war is something that we have to protect Australia from going into.”

Mr Yang said he hoped his fellow councillors would recognise the significance of the issue.