Bass Coast Shire’s Cr Bruce Kent and Phillip Island RSL president Greg Mead unveiling the memorial plaque at the Grantville Memorial Park on Thursday. mm092118

A MEMORIAL plaque honouring soldiers who served in World War II from the Bass Valley district is now on display in Grantville.
The plaque was unveiled on Thursday morning by representatives of the Bass Valley Friends of the RSL and the Phillip Island RSL.
As the rain cleared, around 25 people made their way to the Memorial Wall at the Grantville Memorial Park, including Cr Bruce Kent and Phillip Island RSL president Greg Mead.
Bass Valley Friends of the RSL president Terry Salmon said the plaque is to honour serving members from World War II.
“The idea of a plaque came from the late Tom Mallaghan when he was president of the Phillip Island RSL,” Mr Salmon said.
“Tom encouraged us to apply for a grant, in which we succeeded, and we thank them for it.”
The history between the two RSLs goes back decades.
“There’s always been a strong bond between them,” he said, recalling a memory from 40 years ago when there was a Dawn Service in Bass, followed by breakfast, and people afterwards making their way to Cowes for a march followed by a gathering at the Phillip Island RSL.
“A few drinks there and they’d soon make their way to San Remo, followed by the Bass Hotel at about 4 or 5 o’clock in various stages of disrepair.
“The Memorial Wall is a little bit naked, it has two plaques now, but we have plans to start filling it in.”
The group continues the tradition of ANZAC and Remembrance Day services in the Bass Valley area, following the closure of the Bass RSL sub-branch.
The group is going strong with around a dozen members from San Remo, Coronet Bay, Corinella and other nearby towns.
“We’re a small but dedicated group,” Mr Salmon said.
They’re holding an open evening in August, with guest speakers to be confirmed. To enquire about becoming a member, call Trish on 0409 851 599.
The group would like to thank the Phillip Island RSL for the grant and Brian Whelan for making a frame for the plaque.