Keeping their memory alive: Allora honours its WWI soldiers

Guest blogger: Lyn Wright.

Colin Newport, Lyn Wright and Wendy Ardrey with cover of book. Photo supplied by L. Wright.

Colin Newport, Lyn Wright and Wendy Ardrey with a copy of Keeping their memory alive. Photo supplied by L. Wright.

In 2015, the Allora and District Historical Society decided to compile the personal and military histories of the men from the area who died during WWI as a project to commemorate the Anzac 100 year Commemoration. In Keeping their memory alive we included 72 men who had a connection with Allora. Only 47 of these are honoured on the Allora WWI Memorial.

World War 1 memorial, Allora, 2015. Photograph by Kerry Raymond.

World War 1 memorial, Allora, 2015. Photograph by Kerry Raymond.

Some were honoured on other memorials but some may have been forgotten had the research team of the Historical Society not spent many hours of painstaking research to tell their stories. We had valuable assistance from other Historical Societies throughout Queensland and from families we were able to contact. Our comprehensive family files were another source of information. Newspaper clippings taken from the Allora Guardian revealed the pride of the people when Allora men enlisted. Their ‘send off and presentation’ nights were recorded. Reports on their health or death supplied by family gave valuable information. Some letters from the servicemen were printed in the local newspaper.

John McVeigh, Graham Perrett, Librarian, David Littleproud, Parliamentary Library 2016. Photo supplied by Lyn Wright.

John McVeigh, Graham Perrett, Librarian, David Littleproud, Parliamentary Library 2016. Photo supplied by L. Wright.

The military history of the servicemen was researched through the Discovering Anzacs website although one name, W.Moss, on the Allora WWI Memorial cannot be found. He remains a mystery.

The compiling and printing of Keeping their memory alive was made possible by a Queensland Anzac Community Grant.