Bega Valley Genealogy Society was delighted with the successful launch of its publication Remembering Bega Valley Servicemen of World War 1 – Battlefield and War Related Deaths to commemorate the forthcoming centenary of the Great War. Over 100 people from all parts of the shire and elsewhere attended the launch at Pambula Public School on Saturday 29th November 2014.
WW1 and the physical and emotional toll it had on families particularly in the Bega Valley was brought home to the audience by the various speakers – Sandra Florance (Bega) John Liston (Greigs Flat) who gave account of family members who lost their lives. Tony Toussaint (Merimbula RSL) who has been involved in updating and maintaining war memorials in the Valley gave an account of his visit to the WW1 battlefields and photographed a number of the overseas resting places of Bega Valley Soldiers.
Bega Valley Shire mayor Michael Britten also spoke of family involvement and Lyn Ryan (BVGS vice president) read a moving poem written in 1918 for the grieving mothers of Candelo.
Member for Eden Monaro Peter Hendy also spoke about the commonwealth government’s role in the centenary commemoration and then declared the publication launched.
The society thanked the author Pat Raymond BVGS research officer whose vision and enthusiasm to keep alive the memory of the young men who paid the supreme sacrifice left no stone unturned in researching the lives and service of these soldiers.
Extracts from the Merimbula News Weekly Wednesday December 17 2014
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The 1st one contains all the names of the servicemen in the book.
The 2nd file is our list of sponsors.
There are 17 War Memorials within the Bega Valley Shire and Tathra is the only one which doesn’t show the name of a WW1 Serviceman.
There is a total of 1,031 WW1 names on these 16 Memorials but this is NOT the number of people who enlisted from the Bega Valley Shire. There are at least five servicemen whose names are shown on three different War Memorials within the Bega Valley Shire as well as a great number of men whose names are shown on two different Memorials within the Shire. This has been brought about by a particular serviceman maybe being born and brought up in one location, and then moving on to a different town or village within the Shire for employment. There are 891 servicemen whose names are shown on these Memorials and only one Nursing Sister shown. This is on the Candelo War Memorial and her name is Sister E.V. Godfrey. So a total of 892 people from the Bega Valley Shire enlisted in the Great War and whose names appear on the various War Memorials within the Shire.
Out of these 892 names, 185 men died as a result of the Great War.
NAMES LISTED ON THE WAR MEMORIALS if you are researching a family member who enlisted in the WW1, from the Bega Valley area, this below list is a valuable source of information.
Click on this link to get the complete list of names on Bega Valley War Memorials – Names listed on War Memorials
NUMBER OF NAMES SHOWN WHO SERVED IN WW1 ON EACH WAR MEMORIAL WITHIN THE BEGA VALLEY SHIRE.
Bega War Memorial 352
Bemboka War Memorial 30
Bermagui War Memorial 34
Burragate (Now located Wyndham War Memorial) 6
Candelo War Memorial 114
Cobargo War Memorial 99
Dignam’s Creek War Memorial (Now located at Cobargo War Memorial) 11
Eden War Memorial 122
Kameruka War Memorial 10
Merimbula War Memorial 11
Pambula War Memorial 82
Quaama War Memorial 33
Towamba War Memorial 41
Wandella War Memorial 22
Wolumla War Memorial 43
Wyndham War Memorial 21
Total Names on Memorials 1031
However, out of this number of servicemen/women shown on these Memorials, owing to duplications, only a total of 892 enlisted from the Bega Valley Shire.
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