Inspiring story to be told at Tilba Anzac display

AN inspiring story of courage, a positive outlook and triumph over adversity will be told as a part of the proposed display after the Tilba ANZAC service this year.

The organising committee is very excited to develop this innovation. In the small hall, there will be an exhibition comprising photographs and memorabilia relating to the World War I, and a part of this will be the story of Bert Latimer.

Bert’s story demonstrates so many aspects of WW1, and wars in general, but fortunately is not a tragedy.

Bert Latimer, born and raised in Central Tilba, served as a machine gunner on the Western Front in France in 1917 and 1918.

There, he suffered severe gunshot injuries to his feet as he dived head first into a trench, and subsequently had both lower limbs amputated.

Despite this, with the benefit of artificial limbs, Bert went on to live a very full life, married, had a family, ran his own successful businesses, and even owned and operated a bus run on the north coast. Yes, he managed to drive the bus.

His story with its local relationship, not only reflects some of the tragedy and aftermath of war, it demonstrates a seemingly indomitable spirit. It is uplifting.

Please do take the opportunity to learn about Bert by visiting the display after the service.

The information has been compiled by Bert’s granddaughter, Kaye Sackett who is expected to attend the service as well.

The committee is still seeking photographs and memorabilia from people who will be prepared to lend them.

Copies will be made of any photographs, and we are asking that people who lend memorabilia be present on the day to look after their possessions and talk about them to people viewing the exhibition.

If you have an item or items you would like to offer, please contact us and the committee will put your name and items onto a register.

Not all items will necessarily be exhibited in 2014 but may be in 2015.  The committee plans for a bigger display in 2015, the centenary of the tragic Gallipoli landing.

Please contact David Oliphant on 4473 7838 to register your photographs and memorabilia.

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