On the 6th September 2017, the Chapman Valley museum opened the tribute to the WWI Fallen Soldiers from the Upper Chapman District, now known as Chapman Valley. As one of the researchers of this project, I had the privilege of giving the overview speech.
This first video is of the Opening Address given by the MC Pam Batten, OAM and the President of the Chapman Valley Historical Society, Warren Kennedy. The march in is performed by the 11th Battalion Living History Unit from the Geraldton District.
Overview of the project research into the 42 WWI Fallen Soldiers from the Upper Chapman District by Jenny MacKay.
Richard Williams, farmer from Northampton, Western Australia, wrote this poem, The Waler. He was invited to recite the poem for the opening of the tribute.
Bevan Suckling, President of the Northampton RSL opened the tribute, John Collingwood, President of the Shire of Chapman Valley gave his address, Ian Heberle, Past President of the Geraldton RSL read out The Ode from WWI and Jackie Simkin from Northampton played the Last Post and Rouse. At the end of the opening, the 11th Battalion Marched Out.