WW1 Memorial Grove

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN

 

WW1 MEMORIAL GROVE

 

On Saturday 25 May 2019, Cowra Council with the assistance of Mid Lachan Landcare and Stephen Overman, Cowra RSL sub-branch hosted a ceremony for the inaugural planting of a grove of trees honouring the local men and women who served and fell during WW1.

The newly established grove is located on Evans Street in the Cowra Peace Precinct.

Many families of the fallen and the local community attended the ceremony and paid tribute to the sacrifice they made and planted a tree in their honour. During the ceremony, a couple of descendants of Cowra’s fallen heroes commemorated the sacrifice they made; Isabel Coe, a Wiradjuri Traditional Owner and descendant of John Henry Alfred Coe who served and fell in WW1, made a very moving Welcome to Country and Laura Rowston, a descendant of Arthur Thomas Bramall who also served and fell, recited a poem written by her uncle, John Kitchingman.

Of the 560 local men and women who served in the First World War, 78 service men did not return. A list of these men is available at WW1 Memorial Grove Cowra – Honour Roll and a sign will be designed and installed on the site in the coming months to acknowledge these fallen service personnel.

Councillor Ray Walsh initiated the project to mark the 100 years since the end of WW1 by creating a memorial grove similar to the tree planting of Boorowa and Grenfell Roads more than 100 years ago, where a tree was planted for each of the local men who served. This grove is also addressing the fragmentation of native species habitats by providing regeneration projects in a series of patches of groves to provide connections for birds and animals, in particular the superb parrot population located within the area. The vegetation planted is endemic woodland specific species which will form part of a larger woodland habitat restoration project.

We hope that overtime the trees will grow and stand as a timely reminder to the service personnel who so bravely laid down their lives for us to be here today.

Thank you to all the people who attended and for your time and support for a very important morning.