The Fallen

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — We are now less than two weeks from marking the centenary of Anzac on Saturday, 25 April — a truly significant occasion when as a nation we will reflect on the sacrifices of our men and women during World War I. Across our communities, local RSLs, community groups and schools will pay their respects and reflect on the nation we have become over the past 100 years.

One such commemoration comes from local historian Margaret Diggerson, who has produced the book The Fallen. The book details the lives of 59 men who lived in the Chelsea and Carrum region and served in World War I. In the book Margaret states:

For nearly 100 years these men have existed as words on wood. This is an attempt to bring their names to life.

This really encapsulates the story of these individuals — some of them barely out of school — who went off to serve their nation.

I recently had the chance to reflect with Margaret on her contribution. One comment she made stuck with me: while these young men were lying wounded on the battlefield it was common for them to call out to their parents and families. I think this illustrates the callous nature of war and the devastating toll it took on these young individuals, their families and our nation. I encourage everyone in the city of Kingston and across Victoria to attend their local centenary commemorations and pay their respects to fallen servicemen and women.