They deserve to be honored

Families to reflect on those killed in WW1

REMEMBERING: Ivan Tippet at the cenotaph, with an honor board for his uncle Private Percy Tippet. PHOTO: Cheryl Browne

IVAN Tippet is looking forward to paying tribute to the uncle he never knew later this month.

His name is among 71 enshrined in the Wangaratta Cenotaph – all local men killed in the First World War.

Private Percy Tippet of Charlie Company, 6th Battalion, had the horrible distinction of being Wangaratta’s first casualty.

The 20 year old born and bred local was killed as part of the Gallipoli campaign on April 28, 1915.

His death was said to have plunged the town into gloom, with residents gathering under the gas light at the intersection of Murphy and Reid streets, mourning the loss as the band played appropriate music.

Unfortunately it was the first of many solemn gatherings for the community throughout the war.

As a mark of respect to all those who lost their lives, the cenotaph was erected in their honor, and on April 21 this month, its 90th anniversary will be marked by a public service.

“I think it’s great that we have this opportunity to remember those who gave their lives all those years ago,” Mr Tippet said.

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