Lest we forget

Lest we forget

‘Sacrifice’ is a word that gets a lot of use at this time of year, as we remember all the men and women who have served our nation during war and in peacetime. For many families across our district this ‘sacrifice’ is not an abstract concept – in fact it hits very close to home. Like the descendants of Arthur Rupert Rathbone, from the Narromine district. Arthur enlisted not once, but three times to serve his country. Arthur was shot and injured many times but eventually returned home and married his sweetheart, but his brother Harry never returned, killed in …

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Soldiers including Arthur (right) at Harry Rathbone's grave and cross near where he fell in battle at Gaza.

Lest we forget: Arthur and Harry Rathbone

Contributed by Robyn Carter ANZAC DAY 2021 was a day of recognition for Arthur Rupert Rathbone WW1 and WW2 Service. A plaque with military recognition was attached to the headstone by family following the Narromine ANZAC 11am service. Arthur Rupert Rathbone enlisted three times to serve his country. 1914 – he joined the AIF with the 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment which involved enlistments from the NSW Central West District. He was injured with gun-shot wound fracture to his thigh at Lone Pine in the August Offensive August 1915. He returned to his home “Ormonde” Alagalah to recover. While walking …

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Big crowd flocks to ANZAC Day in Dubbo

It was terrific to see a return to the traditional ANZAC Day services on Sunday, with people coming out to commemorate the sacrifice made by those who have fought for the freedoms we have today. A year ago we were confined to our homes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this time around we could once again come together and the smiles on faces, the messages of thanks to our past and present soldiers and their families, and overall atmosphere told the tale of how that was received. Crowds flocked to dawn services across the region, and it …

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ANZAC Day 2021 | Lest We Forget

This time a year ago we were faced with an ANZAC Day the likes of which we had never seen before. The COVID-19 pandemic had forced us into our homes, we couldn’t come together to commemorate this special day, and a “new normal” had us unsure of what the future had in store. Fast forward 12 months and, thanks to the great work of people in our communities, we are much closer to the “old normal” and I am extremely happy that we can once again come together to honour those who have sacrificed for our nation. Our region has …

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Members of the 3rd Battalion AIF assembled on parade. The 3rd Battalion was part of the 1st Division AIF which was en route to England for ultimate service on the Western Front when it was diverted to Egypt to carry out training in that country. Source: AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

ANZAC DAY 2021 | Lance Corporal James Rhodes

As we commemorate Anzac Day – I’m sharing some local stories to recognise and remember those who sacrificed so much, so we can enjoy what we have today. — Lance Corporal James Rhodes, also known as James Percy Wederall, was a man with a past when he enlisted with the AIF in Sydney on August 26, 1914. Originally born in Timaru, New Zealand, James Wederall lived in Dubbo before he enlisted, working for Mr. G.W Bell, the licensee of the Court House Hotel. He enlisted under the name Rhodes, and told military authorities that he was a 26 year old …

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Sergeant James Lihou. Source Australian War Memorial

ANZAC DAY 2021 | Sergeant James Lihou

As we commemorate Anzac Day – I’m sharing some local stories to recognise and remember those who sacrificed so much, so we can enjoy what we have today. — Sergeant James Lihou was a Dubbo local who exhibited outstanding bravery serving in France during the First World War. Over the course of the 21 months he served, he emerged as one of Australia’s true war heroes. James was the eldest of 7 children for Stephen and Eliza Lihou…He went to Wongarbon Public School, and was described as a keen and popular student. At the age of 15, he left school …

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James Harding. Source Virtual War Memorial Australia

ANZAC DAY 2021 | James Harding

As we commemorate Anzac Day – I’m sharing some local stories to recognise and remember those who sacrificied so much, so we can enjoy what we have today. – – – James Arthur Harding, a corporal No. 218 of the 14th Battalion, was the first soldier with a connection to Dubbo to be killed in World War I. James first arrived in Dubbo with his parents during his younger boyhood years, and attended Dubbo District School, the same school he then sent his children to. James worked as a grocer and a labourer before enlisting shortly after the outbreak of …

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George Adam Matchett. Source Daily Liberal

ANZAC DAY 2021 | George Adam Matchett

As we commemorate Anzac Day – I’m sharing some local stories to recognise and remember those who sacrificed so much, so we can enjoy what we have today. – – – George Adam Matchett (known as Adam), was 21-years-old at the outbreak of World War One. A motor driver by trade, he lived with his family on their property 18 miles from Dubbo, with two younger brothers, James and William, and a baby sister, Phyllis. Along with many others at the time, Adam and his family were keen tennis players, and members of the Dubbo District Tennis Association. Adam himself …

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Edward and Vivian Dowling. Source Virtual War Memorial Australia

ANZAC DAY 2021 | Edward and Vivian Dowling

As we commemorate Anzac Day – I’m sharing some local stories to recognise and remember those who sacrificed so much, so we can enjoy what we have today. — This is the tale of two Dubbo brothers: Edward Dowling, known as ‘Ted’, and Vivian Dowling, who went by ‘Claude’. The sons of Martin and Ada Dowling, Ted and Claude were 24 and 21 respectively when they enlisted in the First World War. Both were drapers by trade, with Ted working at Mumford Brothers, then situated on Macquarie Street. Like many others who expected the Great War to be over in …

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ANZAC DAY 2021 | Alf Farragher

As we commemorate Anzac Day – I’m sharing some local stories to recognise and remember those who sacrificed so much, so we can enjoy what we have today. — Like many who went to serve, much of what we know about Alfred William Farragher’s service comes from letters to his loved ones. In this case, it was letters to his sister, Maggie. “Alf” as he was known, was born and raised in Dubbo. When he enlisted aged 21 in 1915, he left behind his parents, and numerous siblings, including a twin sister. Writing to his sister in May 1916, Private …

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