Sub-Branch takes on care of Presbyterian Church honour rolls

Neil Biddle, Trevor Currey, Jan Mullette, Patrick Moss, Deirdre Quirk and Michael Walker with two WW1 Honour Rolls.
Neil Biddle, Trevor Currey, Jan Mullette, Patrick Moss, Deirdre Quirk and Michael Walker with two WW1 Honour Rolls.

Some more local history is to be added to our RSL display.

With the closure of the Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church by the end of this year, parishioners have donated two honour rolls to the Forbes RSL sub branch.

The two honour rolls mark the service of parishioners from the Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in World War I.

Among the 77 locals who were honoured on the rolls was the Presbyterian Church's chaplain at the time; Captain I. Calder.

Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church parishioner Deirdre Quirk said they decided to hand the honour rolls over to the Forbes RSL sub branch so they could be cared for and displayed for the community - with parishioners to cease meeting in the historic building in Harold Street.

"These beautiful honor rolls need to go to somewhere where they could be cared for," she said.

Forbes RSL sub branch president Michael Walker said they were very pleased that the parishioners of the Presbyterian Church had thought of the sub branch with this donation.

Due to the honour rolls recognising the service of local parishioners, the names on the rolls may also be found on other honour rolls for Forbes residents who served in World War I.

The frames of the honour rolls will be checked over and slightly refurbished before being displayed in the panorama at Club Forbes where other photographs and displays are on exhibition.

Australia lost more than 60,000 in World War I.

Just shy of 500 men enlisted in Forbes from a shire with a population of about 5000 at the time, 68 would not return.