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Guildford gears up for Anzac Day

The Guildford Association (GA) is inviting Anzac Day visitors to walk in the footsteps of former soldiers who have now been immortalised in the town’s Anzac Walk Trail,  and enjoy refreshments after the service.

Guildford’s annual Anzac service in Stirling Square will start at 9am on Tuesday, April 25 and the association will have 200 poppies to hand out to all who attend.

The Swan Guildford Historical Society will provide morning tea after the service.

The Anzac Walk Trail treads to 115 sites and a printable walk trail brochure will be uploaded on the website in time for Anzac Day.

The brochure features street names, the names of the soldiers who lived in Guildford, were educated at Guildford Grammar or have their names on the honour rolls of churches in Guildford.

The unique Anzac project was funded by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

It launched last year and features over 3000 photographs online, but the GA is hoping people will recognise relatives and send in more photographs to upload.

The Ellenbrook RSL will hold its 20th Anzac Day commemorative service on April 25.

Secretary Cassandra McQueen said at 5.45am on Tuesday marchers would assemble at the Ellenbrook Districts Open Space on the corner of Maffina Pde and Bordeaux Lane, Ellenbrook.

She said march on would be at 6am with the dawn service to start at 6.10am.

Welfare officer Darby Munro said City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright would be the emcee.

He said at the conclusion of the dawn service there would be a gunfire breakfast in the pavilion.

Animals that served during wartime will be featured as part of this year’s Anzac Day commemorative services at St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Forrestfield.

The dawn service will take place on the lawn at the front of the church in Salix Way, Forrestfield, at 6am.

Church spokesperson Barbara Brown said not only would members of the armed forces be remembered, but in the display that has been prepared at the church, animals that have served in war time will be featured.

“To commemorate all the animal deeds and sacrifices in war, the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO) has issued a purple poppy which can be worn alongside the traditional red one.

GA member Barbara Dundas said Guildford was the home of the 10th light horse and the Australian service corps included mounted sections and farriers.

She said the horses, donkeys and camels all worked hard during the war.

“Some of the light horsemen moved into a separate regiment called the camels corps.”

“Only one horse from the thousands of horses that went overseas came back to Australia, and that one was an officer’s horse.”



About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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