AS AN incredible tribute to former students of the Korumburra Primary School who served and either survived or died in WWI, or paid the ultimate sacrifice in WWII, members of the Korumburra RSL have taken on and completed a Herculean task.
With the help of Korumburra RSL historians Tony Moon and Andrew Moon, together with assistance from Brenda Jordon of Foster, they’ve tracked down and recorded every former student who served in either war.
Coordinated by Tony Moon, a book has been written containing all available information about the ex-student soldiers, and two beautiful honour boards, in superbly finished blackwood, and with each of the names in 24 carat gold lettering, have been lovingly prepared for a special event on the Monday after Anzac Day.
“These services at the school, organised by the Korumburra Primary School and the Korumburra RSL have become quite a tradition now, but Monday, April 26, will be one of the most significant,” Korumburra RSL president David Jackson said.
“One of our members, Perry Neil, has designed and made the honour boards. The detail work was turned by Eric Miles of Leongatha and the gold leaf work was done by Rohan Aspinall of Krowera.
“The two honour boards have come up extremely well and knowing the support the school has given to the commemoration of our service personnel over the years, I’ve no doubt the boards will have pride of place at the school for many years to come.”
Among the most famous ex-students included on the honour roll is Lieutenant General Sir Stanley George Savige, KBE, CB, DSO, MC, ED, who not only served in WWI and WWII, receiving his
commission in the Gallipoli campaign, but also played a key role in the establishment of Legacy Australia, the war widows and orphans benefit fund.
His is just one of dozens of incredible stories behind the names on the ex-student’s roll which can be accessed through the details in one of Tony Moon’s new books, also to be presented to the school on the day.
“Just imagine it! Seventeen people from the Korumburra area were killed in just one day during the Battle of Passchendaele just outside the Belgium city of Ypres between July and
November 2017,” said David Jackson.
“The memory of all of those people and more will now be properly honoured and documented in these new honour boards,” he said.
A list of dignitaries will attend the special school Anzac service on Monday, April 26 at 9am including Monash MP Russell Broadbent, Gippsland South MP Danny O’Brien, South Gippsland Shire Council chief executive Kerryn Ellis and several Education Department officials.