• Hannah Phillips

Honouring Karoonda East Murray War Veterans

War veterans from the Karoonda East Murray district have been honoured over the weekend, with the unveiling of an honour roll, inscribed with the names of 600 local veterans.

Veterans of a number of conflicts spanning from WWI to Afghanistan have been recognised on the honour roll, located at the Memorial Gates at Karoonda Oval.

The unveiling event was the culmination of four years extensive research and planning by the chair of Council’s WWI and WWII Recognition Advisory Group, Margaret Size, assisted by fellow district historians Pat Button and Leanne Parker.

Mrs Size, who was named Karoonda’s Citizen of the Year for 2017, said the project was unique in that it sought to recognise the combined district’s war history, spanning over a century of conflicts.

“We discovered there was not a WWI honour roll for the old East Murray Council area and some of the rolls had been lost with the closure of community halls,” she said.

“Following the amalgamation of the Karoonda and East Murray Councils in 1979, I thought it was important that there should be an honour roll that encompasses the whole district.”

Among the names featured on the roll are William George Inwood from the Mantung Mercunda locality, who was a trumpeter with the 3rd Light Horse Regiment in WWI, and Corporal Heather Rosenzwieg from Perponda, who served in Afghanistan with the Australian Defence Force.

The project received both Federal and State Government grant funding.

Mrs Size commented on the unveiling, saying: “It was a very special day and the service was both personal and respectful.

“The aim was to honour our combined district veterans and it was a very memorable day for the district’s history," she said.

Although many of the veterans whose names are featured on the roll have long since passed, some veterans from more recent conflicts were able to attend the event along with family and friends.

Although the memorial has now been officially opened. work on the project is ongoing, with Mrs Size encouraging families of veterans featured on the memorial, to continue sharing memories of their loved ones.

“We are still interested in collecting photos of those veterans featured on the roll,”’ she said.

“We encourage families to look in those old shoe boxes under the bed where they might find a photograph to send to us.

“I promise they will be cherished and kept for posterity.”

Image Source - Event pictures: Tammy O’Malley. Image 2: William George Ingwood, trumpeter with the 3rd Light Horse Regiment in WWI featured on the memorial.

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