Anzac Day: Bedford-Morley RSL to highlight honour board

L-R: Bill Batten (Past President and member, Bedford-Morley RSL Sub-Branch), Russell Shearing-Jones (President, Bedford-Morley RSL Sub-Branch) and Lynn Deering (President, Bayswater Historical Society) seen here near the Roll of Honour board at the Bedford-Morley RSL Sub-Branch. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d492320
L-R: Bill Batten (Past President and member, Bedford-Morley RSL Sub-Branch), Russell Shearing-Jones (President, Bedford-Morley RSL Sub-Branch) and Lynn Deering (President, Bayswater Historical Society) seen here near the Roll of Honour board at the Bedford-Morley RSL Sub-Branch. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d492320

THE names of Bayswater citizens who served in war between 1914 and 1918 will be honoured at the Bedford-Morley RSL for Anzac Day.

The names have been printed on a Roll of Honour and displayed in the hall.

The Bayswater Historical Society researched historic information about war veterans and published a book filled with personal stories at the end of last year.

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RSL members and the public will be able to view these historic items after an Anzac service at Inglewood Pioneers Memorial Park at 2pm.

Dianella resident and president Russell Shearing-Jones, who joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1977 after the Vietnam War and served for 20 years, said people could find out about the history behind the names on the day.

“Brendan, our treasurer, found his great uncle is on our board as well…he may have done the lettering on the board,” he said.

Roll of Honour board at the Bedford-Morley RSL Sub-Branch. Picture: David Baylis

Bayswater Historical Society president Lynn Deering, of Bayswater, said the project started in 2013 and finished last year.

“The honour roll here is focusing very much on people who did not return,” she said.

“The lost generation also includes people who came and then spent a big portion of their life in asylums or hospitals… that lost generation went onto impact on us for a long time.

“Bayswater had local settler families through to those who were establishing and it was also a point where people from the country came to enlist and enrol.

“The other thing that is different about this research is that there is 247 names on the honour roll and there are four that they weren’t quite able to identify in their background story.

“But as they went through, they were able to start to get descriptions of them which were drawn from records.”

Display at the Bedford-Morley RSL Sub-Branch. Picture: David Baylis

World War II veteran Bill Batten, of Morley, was deployed to Port Moresby and worked with the Bulk Petroleum Storage company in 1945, while his wife was in the catering corps.

He said it was nice for the former veterans to be recognised, including his father Charles Batten.

“It should never be forgotten,” he said.

“All these fellas gave their lives for this country.

“They should always be remembered.”