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Anzac Comemmoration 2013

Anzac Day Ceremony

‘The Anzac tradition- the ideals of courage, endurance and mateship that are still relevant today – was established on 25th April 1915 when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli peninsula', the assembled School was reminded by Dylan Worley.

‘This morning we not only remember the Anzacs at Gallipoli, but every conflict before and since in which Australians have put their lives at risk…Every grave represents someone's son or father, mother or daughter . Every grave represents sacrifice in perhaps its saddest form, the death of the dreams of youth. We acknowledge the sacrifices made in WW2, in Korea, in Vietnam and more recently in Afghanistan, sacrifices made by men and women who have been killed, wounded or suffered mental trauma with which they must live.'

‘By coming here this morning, by standing quietly and reflecting, we are saying that we have not forgotten and will not forget. Today we pause to remember, and to say thank you.

Two restored photographs were returned to the School: one is a photo of Vincent Purkiss, the other is of a memorial in Tilbourg to Jack Nott.

Past Head Teacher and archivist, Allan Hollebrandse ,‘Vincent Purkiss was born in 1924. He lived in Beardy Street and attended AHS where he was School Captain in 1940. Upon completing school he enrolled as a student at the University of New England where he was studying a Bachelor of Arts. In January 1943, aged 19, Vincent enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force. In September 1943 his plane was involved in a mid-air collision and he was killed.'

‘At the conclusion of the war his father presented a framed photograph of his son and a sum of money to provide Library books as a memorial to his son.'

Allan Hollebrandse and Shontae Rose

Allan Hollebrandse and Year 10 student Shontae Rose with the restored photograph of the memorial to Jack Nott.

'Jack Nott was a pupil at AHS before leaving school to work with his father in the building trade. He was married and had a young son. He enlisted in WW2 and became a flying officer in missions for the Royal Air Force over Germany.'

‘In 1942 his plane was shot down over Holland. He was reported missing in action but had been able to parachute to safety when he was given refuge by a Dutch family.'

‘He was, however, subsequently found by the Nazis and he and the Dutchman who had sheltered him were shot and executed. Jack Nott was 24.'

‘A memorial was erected by the people of the village of Tilbourg after the war in thanks and recognition of the bravery of Jack Nott.'

‘The photograph was presented to the school by his son who attended the memorial ceremony.'

'The photographs have been restored and we would like to present them to the school in memory of these young men and all the others who feature on the school Honour Board.'