Kalangadoo military service to be remembered

Kalangadoo military service to be remembered

Members of the Kalangadoo and wider community will gather on April 21 to honour the wartime service and sacrifice of two soldiers with ties to the local community.

Mourners will meet at dawn at the Kalangadoo Cemetery as they remember World War II veteran Henry Robert Mules and his son Peter Warwick Mules who served with the Regular Army in Vietnam.

As the Kalangadoo RSL went into recess in the 1990s, the Kalangadoo Remembers committee has arranged a public commemorative ceremony for several years on the Sunday preceding Anzac Day.

It has been the custom to honour particular Kalangadoo service personnel each year.

Born in Queensland in1919, Henry Mules was living in Kalangadoo in 1942 when he travelled to Adelaide to volunteer with the Australian Imperial Force.

His army service was spent entirely within Australia and he was a driver with the 122 General Transport group.

He was discharged in 1944.

Henry Mules was killed in a road accident near Kalangadoo in 1972 and is buried at the Carinya Gardens Cemetery in Mount Gambier.

Further tragedy struck the family in the following year when another son, Ian, lost his life in an accident at Naracoorte.

Peter Mules was only 20 years of age when he served for six months of 1966 in Vietnam.

He was attached to the 87 Transport Platoon.

Peter Mules was living in the Adelaide suburb of Edwardstown when he died in 2009 and is buried at the nearby Centennial Park Cemetery.

Many aspects of traditional Anzac Day services are a part of Kalangadoo Remembers.

Official guests include local MPs Tony Pasin and Nick McBride, representatives of Wattle Range Council and the presidents of the RSL sub-branches at Mount Gambier, Millicent and Coonawarra/

After the service, flowers will be placed on the graves of soldiers in the Kalangadoo Cemetery.

A gunfire breakfast will then be served by the Lions Club at the Riddoch Memorial Institute at Kalangadoo.

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