Tree dedication rooted in remembrance: Mosman Park RSL

Mosman Park RSL president Kevin Poynton at the tree which will be at the centre of the Remembrance Day ceremony and whose origins are from the Gallipoli |battlefield.   Picture: Jon Bassett
Tree dedication rooted in remembrance: Mosman Park RSL
Mosman Park RSL president Kevin Poynton at the tree which will be at the centre of the Remembrance Day ceremony and whose origins are from the Gallipoli |battlefield. Picture: Jon Bassett

DEDICATING a pine tree grown from seeds of the historic Lone Pine after which the 1915 Gallipoli battlefield was named will bring the Mosman Park RSL together at 11am on Remembrance Day tomorrow.

“It’s another great chapter in the history of recognising service for this country,” Mosman Park RSL president Kevin Poynton, a former army officer, said.

After World War I, Lance Corporal Benjamin Smith brought the Gallipoli pine’s seeds to Australia, from which his mother grew seedlings that decades later produced the tree which former Mosman Park RSL president Ken Walker (98) planted in 2006.

Mr Poynton said the tree was an enduring symbol of courage and sacrifice in the centenary of the Galipolli conflict.