The Beaconsfield Anzac Memorial Service was held on Sunday 21st April. This was the 20th year this service was held and first instigated by the late Tony Rushton, local resident and historian. The service organized by BPA was held at the Beaconsfield Cenotaph, Corner Woods Street and Old Princes Highway, with around 100 people attending.
Thanks to all who came along to remember Anzac and for support from Casey Choir, Beaconsfield Scouts and CFA, St Francis Xavier College, Upper Beaconsfield and Berwick RSL’s, Beaconsfield Probus, Beaconsfield Midway who provided afternoon tea, Federal, State and Local Government representatives and thanks to Computer Talk for providing sound equipment.
More information and photos available on BPA website www.beaconsfield.org.au
The Luke and Dennis families were special guests at the service this year. Kel Luke read the memorial Address, “Beaconsfield Honour Board and Edmund Luke”. Edmund Luke was an Age photographer during World War I and his photos of Beaconsfield soldiers are on the Honour Board and include his son, soldier Victor Mason Luke. The memorial address is in this issue of Beaconsfield Banner.
VALE PAT DEAN AND GARRY MANNING
We missed both Pat and Garry at our Anzac Service this year.
Pat Dean served in World War II and before she married Sid Dean, Pat Adamson grew up in Beaconsfield and the Adamson family was well known in the town. Her father Robert Sym Adamson served in World War I and his name is on the Beaconsfield Honour Board. Pat is remembered more recently for her dress shop is Gloucester Avenue, Berwick.
Garry Manning served in Vietnam, in later years he enjoyed fishing, was very involved in Beaconsfield Football Club and received a life member award. Garry and his wife Jackie were familiar and popular faces outside Beaconsfield Woolworths each year selling Anzac and Remembrance Day badges.