“SANDY BAY SOLDIERS’ MEMORIAL UNVEILING CEREMONY.
The ceremony of unveiling a soldiers’ memorial tablet was held in the St. Stephen’s Church room at Lower Sandy Bay yesterday afternoon. A large number of people attended. The tablet, which is of Blackwood, handsomely carved, has been erected by the residents of lower Sandy Bay in memory of the soldiers and sisters who went out to the war, and as a token of esteem of the women and men who had given their services to the various patriotic associations and leagues during the war. The thirty-six names, painted in gold, are as follows:-J. V. Bowerman, E. J. A. Butler, D. G. Drew, C. L. Jones, F. TV. Reid, C. E. Smith (killed in action), V. V. Harvey (sister), E. J. Lord (sister), M. M. Murray (sister), J. P. Bradford, E. N. Black, L. H. Bohmann, A. L. Butler, T. Edwards, W. J. Forsyth, A. V. Harcourt, D. H. Harvey, G. Ingles, N. L. Ireland, J. H. F. Lipscombe, J. E. C. Lord, E. F. Lord, A. W. Lord, T. W. Lovett, W. F. McAfee, V. A. Medhurst, C. H. Perkins, E. L. Salier, J. A. Reid, H. J. Rumney, E. Sly, V. T. Vail, J.R. Vail, V. A. Ward, C.P. Wilson, C. G. Worladge.
The unveiling of the memorial was performed by the Mayor of Hobart (Col. Snowden), who stated that the ceremony was one that he felt sure was surrounded by feelings of sadness, but those feelings should be relieved or alleviated by the opportunity given them of doing honour to the men and women who had done so much during the war. The people of lower Sandy Bay had every reason to be proud of the war record of their men and women who had given their services, and every reason to be proud of the number of enlistments for active service. Although the war was not fought in our land, it was nevertheless Australia’s battle, and those who went out to give their lives for the country could not be too highly spoken of. Those whose names were on the tablet were respected by everyone there, for they were called from all walks of life to swell the numbers of the efficient little army of Australia, both at home and at the front. He referred to the self sacrifice of the people during the weary years of war, and stated that it was this self-sacrifice of every man and woman of the great Empire that had helped to turn the tide of victory in our favour. Although they were gathered there to do honour to fighting men and the sisters, they must remember that throughout Tasmania the people that day were celebrating Mothers’ Day. The self-sacrifice of the mothers of the Empire was a wonderful thing. He thought that the woman who sent her son out to fight after one or more of her other sons had been killed was braver than any man who stood on the battlefield.”
An address was also given by the Rev. T. Quigley, rector of St. George’s parish, and hymns and solos brought the function to a close.