Balgownie service marks 100 years since the declaration of WWI: photos

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Balgownie service marks 100 years since the declaration of WWI: photos NSW Governor Marie Bashir’s personal guard David Glass salutes the fallen at a commemorative service held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.
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NSW Governor Marie Bashir attended a commemorative service at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie War Memorial on Monday. Picture: CAMERON CARTER

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie War Memorial on Monday. Picture: CAMERON CARTER

Balgownie Public School student Molly Drone delivers the 23rd Psalm at the service. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie War Memorial on Monday. Picture: CAMERON CARTER

Marie Austin delivers a history of her grand-uncle Sapper Thorne North. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

War historian Mark Edwell at the service. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

Robin Smith delivers a wreath for the NZ Army Corps at a commemorative service at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

Illawarra Centenary ANZAC Committee Chairman Peter Poulton at the commemorative service at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

Local Aboriginal elder Richard Davis at the commemorative service at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

A commemorative service was held at Balgownie Memorial on Monday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI.

Good Samaritan Catholic School student Cameron Carter at the service.

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Others served in light horse regiments or in the famous 13thBattalion, which fought at Gallipoli and at some of the pivotal battles in France and Belgium.

Casualties: the War Memorial at Balgownie.

Monday’s ceremony will start at 10.30am and a 50-voice choir, formed from two Illawarra primary schools, and an army band will entertain the crowd.

Dame Marie Bashir will lay a wreath on behalf of all Australians and an Illawarraresident from New Zealand will lay a second wreath on behalf of his country.

Mr Poulton said the community waswelcome to attend the ceremony and people could lay their own wreaths at the completion of the official ceremony.

While he will be busy with his official duties, Mr Poulton said he would take a little time out to contemplate the war service of family members.

‘‘My grandfather and his brother were at Gallipoli and the Western Front,’’ he said.

‘‘I will try to find a quiet moment to reflect on what they went through. My grandfather was gassed on the Somme and while he survived the war it led to his demise in the 1960s.’’

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