A good crowd gathered at the beachside cenotaph for a Wooli Anzac Day dawn service.
A good crowd gathered at the beachside cenotaph for a Wooli Anzac Day dawn service.

Wooli veterans will be remembered

WOOLI may not have been much more than a "couple of huts" during the First World War but at least three locals served in the Second World War.

The township's cenotaph turns 40 this year and residents have embarked on a mission to trace names of those who served Australia and enlisted while living in Wooli.

"The plaque we have says we will remember them but we don't have any names on there," Peter Curtis said.

"We have a list of four names - three from World War II and one from Vietnam but we don't want to miss anybody."

The cenotaph was built by volunteers and its first service was in 1972.

Nowadays its Anzac Day dawn service attracts 150 people while the morning service can have up to 250 come to pay their respects.

Mr Curtis said he hoped people would come forward with names of personnel in the next month, so they can then be verified from official war records before being included on the plaque.

"We want to have it up before the next Anzac Day," Mr Curtis said.

Mr Curtis, who himself was a national serviceman in the military in 1952 for three years, said anyone who knew names of those who enlisted while residing in Wooli, Diggers Camp, Minnie Water or Pillar Valley should contact him.

 

 

Contacts: Peter Curtis on 02 6649 7823 or Bruce Bird on 02 6649 7540.



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