Talented Waikiki artist paints stunning tribute to Battle of Pozieres

Ian Brook, Mark McGowan, Jacinta Posik, Martin Lovell and Erin Posik at the RSL club.
Ian Brook, Mark McGowan, Jacinta Posik, Martin Lovell and Erin Posik at the RSL club.

A TALENTED young Waikiki’s girl’s reflection on the battle at Pozieres in France in a stunning water colour postcard could see a windmill at that battlefield re-built for future commemorations.

Jacinta Posik’s exquisite painting has been cast in silver by Rockingham jeweller Martin Lovell so it can be raffled off to raise money for the project.

Having had family members killed at that site, she travelled with her mum and grandparents in 2016 for the 100 year commemoration of the Battle of the Somme where more than 6700 Australian soldiers lost their lives in a battle that lasted a month and a half.

Both her great uncles lost their lives at Pozieres.

Arriving there a week before the service for those soldiers, Jacinta helped volunteers from the Pozieres Remembrance Association lay close to 7000 white crosses.

Walking around the fields, her reflections on war inspired her to put it down in watercolour on a postcard.

The postcard depicted a soldier kneeling in the field at Pozieres and she placed it in the middle of a wreath she had laid during the tribute.

It captured the attention of the Mayor of Pozieres who wanted a copy so she painted him one and donated it to him.

Her mum Erin said it was important to preserve the Pozieres site.

“The Commonwealth owns a small parcel of land there but we think, along with the association that the area around should be preserved as there are still 6000 Australian soldiers that will never come home in those fields,” she said.

“We were quite moved by the fact that the Pozieres association is trying to preserve the area and part of that is to rebuild the windmill that was there during the battle.

“With Martin’s beautiful reproduction in silver of Jacinta’s painting we will be raffling it off to help the society get money to rebuild the windmill.”

Premier Mark McGowan said Pozieres was significant but not always recognised as readily as other battles.

“The events that occurred in Pozieres in 1916 form a crucial part of our nation’s history, with an enormous loss of Australian lives in a single military battle,” he said.

“The Posik family’s commemoration of the Battle of Pozieres is a wonderful tribute to the men and women who lost their lives. I commend them in their efforts both here and abroad.”

Later in July, RSL President Ian Brook will visit France to present a plaque with the names of Rockingham soldiers who fought in World War I from the City of Rockingham.

It will be displayed along the Australian Remembrance Trail in France.

To purchase a ticket to help create a memorial at Pozieres including the windmill contact the Rockingham RSL.