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can cause complicated grief.
Our last memory is of them
very alive and healthy.
The sub-conscious cannot take it in... has no
ability to process the enormity of the event.
This can be further complicated
if there is no viewing.
LOCAL veteran Wayne
Clarke has recently returned
from a trip to the World War
One battlefields of Gallipoli,
in which he honoured and
paid tribute to Gawler's fallen
As The Bunyip reported earlier
this year, Mr Clarke was on a mis-
sion to photograph as many of
the 13 graves belonging to Gawl-
er soldiers as he could, alongside
a sign featuring both the Gawler
RSL and Gawler Council crests.
The sign also read, "Your per-
sonal sacrifice for our future shall
remain cherished by your beloved
community, Town of Gawler".
Mr Clarke said he located
about eight of the gravesites, but
had particular difficulty locating
those buried in Lone Pine.
In total, there are more than 31
war cemeteries on the Gallipoli
Peninsula, with the Gawler men
spread across five.
"There were three at Lone Pine
I was unable to get but I will
make endeavours to get them,"
Mr Clarke said.
"I've got hold of a guy who
visits quite regularly as a tourist
guide and once I can identify a
bit more where they are, I'll write
him a letter and I'm sure he will
help me with the photos."
Mr Clarke said he found the
visit to Gallipoli an emotional
but enjoyable one.
"It put a lot of things in per-
spective," he said.
"The actual Lone Pine site is
certainly no more than two soc-
cer pitches in size and it was the
scene of the most fierce fighting
and in one day it changed hands
"...I found it very emotional to
see how many people had died on
"They hadn't enjoyed the
chance of having families and
having a future."
Mr Clarke made the journey to
Gallipoli with a group of friends,
leaving shortly after Anzac Day
and returning to Gawler last
It is planned Mr Clarke's pho-
tos will be published and shown
to the broader Gawler communi-
ty during the 100th anniversary
of the Anzac landings next year.
Gawler RSL public o cer
Wayne Clarke recently visited
Gallipoli to pay tribute to
Gawler's fallen. He is pictured
by the grave site of Major E.C.
Oldham, who was born in
Gawler and went on to serve
in Gallipoli as part of the
Tenth Battalion. He was killed
in action at Dardanelles, on
RIGHT: Veteran Wayne Clarke
has spent the past few weeks
visiting the resting places of
Gawler soldiers, in Gallipoli.
THE public has its chance to formally com-
ment on the controversial World War One
memorial relocation proposal application go-
ing before Gawler's Development Assessment
Gawler Council published a development no-
tice in last week's edition of The Bunyip, calling
for written representations to be submitted to it
by 5pm next Wednesday, June 4.
Those who make a representation also have the
opportunity to appear before the Gawler Devel-
opment Assessment Panel, to speak in support of
As The Bunyip has previously reported, the
Gawler RSL is fighting to have the town's World
War One memorial relocated from Adelaide Road,
in Gawler South, to Pioneer Park, at the northern
end of Murray Street.
The RSL believes the site is more prominent
within the town, and will provide a respectful
place to honour and pay tribute to those named
on the memorial.
However, the proposal has come up against
Earlier this month, Gawler Council accepted a
petition containing the signatures of more than
2000 people opposed to the WWI memorial's re-
The Gawler RSL has already received Gawler
Council's support to move the memorial but still
needs formal approval from Gawler's Develop-
ment Assessment Panel.
It is expected the application will go to the pan-
el late next month.
Visit to Gawler's fallen
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