Anzac Day 2019 at Ben Lomond Memorial Hall

Anzac Day at Ben Lomond had four generations related to Dot Williams from Guyra attend the 9am service at Ben Lomond Memorial Hall.

Jamie, Narelle and Jay Buffier drove five hours from the Sunshine Coast to surprise Dot who at eighty-five years-old, just beamed when she met her great-great grandson.

Dot's father Arthur Little, a veteran of World War I, passed away in the 1970s, still with shrapnel in his leg.

The family posed with several family members' photographs that are permanently on display at the hall.

Ben Lomond's Anzac Day service started at 9am with about 60 people there.

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Lt. Col. Abbot opened Ben Lomond Memorial Hall in 1919. Appointed to command the 12th Light Horse Regiment with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

On June 24, 1919 he unveiled the honour roll in front of Severn, Guyra Shire and Glen Innes Municipal council representatives and many community members.

That evening a great ball was held celebrating that local families decided "without opposition" that the marble tablets on the outside of the building be engraved with the names of the district's war heroes.

Ben Lomond is a small farming community with owners of properties remaining away while their employees gather events.

The Colonel in 1919 "deplored the fact that local men had given their life".

Again at this year's Anzac Day ceremony those words were repeated by Dorothy Every, Beth White and Greg McGuire.


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