RSL’s tribute to veterans

In a fitting tribute to two World War I veterans the Forbes RSL sub branch has this year restored two unmarked graves in the Forbes cemetery.

The RSL sub branch was made aware of the existence of the two graves only recently and went about placing headstones on the two graves in recognition of the service provided by the two servicemen.

Both graves are located in the Catholic portion of the Forbes cemetery.

The first grave belongs to John Patrick Francis, a private in the 17th Battalion AIF.

Private Francis received a Military Medal.

Established on March 25, 1916 the Military Medal (MM) was a military decoration awarded to personnel of the British Army and other services for bravery in battle on land.

The second grave is the final resting place of gunner Thomas Glynn, a member of the 38th Battery Field Artillery.

Private Francis died on April 4, 1942 and gunner Glynn on October 14, 1940. His brother Daniel is buried alongside him.

Thousands of residents are expected to help commemorate Anzac Day in Forbes this year, commencing with the Dawn Service before moving to the March which will make it’s way to the Cenotaph via Lachlan Street at 10.15am.

A full program for Anzac Day in Forbes appears on Page 3.

A big crowd is also expected at the Forbes Diggers Harness Racing Club meeting which starts at 1pm on Tuesday.

Member for Riverina Michael McCormack says Anzac Day is a day we reflect on the sacrifices of those who died in the midst of battle and we shudder to think about the physical, emotional and mental wounds borne by those who did return.

“The devastating impact war has on the soldiers, sailors and airmen and women who fought and continue to fight for our country is immeasurable,” Mr McCormack said on Thursday.

“It is important we never lose sight of the human cost of war and I encourage everyone in Forbes to participate in an Anzac service in their home town or village this Anzac Day.”