Fallen honoured at Glencoe service

Fallen honoured at Glencoe service

Around 150 members of the tight-knit Glencoe community honoured wartime service and sacrifice at their annual observance of Anzac Day on Thursday.

Participants gathered outside the Glencoe Post and Rail general store at 6.45am and then marched to the music of bagpipes to the nearby marble memorial.

Such a kind of formal march featured at Glencoe last century when students would stage a procession from their (now-closed) school to the monument.

The dawn service at 7am was conducted by Lyn Salter, a lay reader with the Uniting Church.

As well as the usual floral tributes and Ode of Remembrance, there was an address by Glencoe resident Alec Hamilton.

He spoke about the life of fallen World War I soldier Stanley William Agnew whose name is on the war memorial.

Private Agnew was killed in action in the Battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium on his 23rd birthday on September 26, 1917.

The service was followed by the traditional cooked breakfast at the nearby Glencoe Community Hall and provided by this facility’s committee.

There were 110 hot meals served.

The Glencoe Progress Association has arranged the Anzac Day observance for almost 30 years and this followed the closure of the Glencoe branch of the RSL.

In other Glencoe news, the local branch of the National Trust is organising guided tours of the historic Leake Brothers Woolshed on Sunday afternoon (May 5).

It is part of the annual South Australian History Festival during the month of May.

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