Reserve honors WW1 war hero

Lasting tribute to Percy Tippet, killed at Gallipoli
DUE HONOR: Steve Mulqueen and Ivan Tippet are relations of Percy Albert Tippet, a World War I hero who had a reserve officially named in his honor at a ceremony. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A STRIP of land submerged off the busiest intersection in Wangaratta was dedicated to a local war hero who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Percy Tippet Reserve and commemorative plaque was unveiled in front of a busy Tone Road on Tuesday, as noisy air breaks sounded, and guest speakers retold a story about family sacrifice.

It was their time to shine, all while paying respect to a relative, who as a 19 year old lost his life from fatal injuries sustained at the first day landing of Gallipoli in 1915.

Percy Albert Tippet was a member of a local family who has lived in Wangaratta since 1854 – he was one of 73 whose names are engraved on the Wangaratta Cenotaph.

Ever since his death, his family have been waiting to have Percy’s name honored at the place he, and they, called home.

With the help of the RSL, council and local history experts, their desire has become reality.

Percy’s body was buried at sea off the coast of Gallipoli but the naming perpetuates his memory for the Tippet family, or even those who pass by the plaque and read his story.

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