Book on 31 Bankstown boys who died in WW1 to be launched on 14 April

A book on the 31 Bankstown Boys who died in World War 1 will be launched at the Bankstown Arts Centre at 5pm on Tuesday 14 April.

Members of the community are invited to attend and get a sneak preview of the book and learn more about plans to commemorate Anzac Day in Bankstown on Saturday 25 April at Memorial Oval.

One of the 31 Bankstown Boys who left Australian 100 years ago and never came home was 19 year old Reg Foote. After being struck down by illness, wounded in action, hospitalised and returning to the front at Gallipoli several times, he died of wounds just two days before the Anzacs evacuated in December 1915.

“This is just one of the 31 heroic and tragic local stories. These young men deserve to be remembered. That’s why I have organised funding for this book,” Mr Clare said.

Mr Clare and Bankstown Youth Development Services Director Tim Carroll today were reviewing the final text and images for the book. The book has been commissioned and funded by Mr Clare through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.

Mr Clare and Mr Carroll were joined by the book’s author Adam Courtenay.

“When Tim first approached me about this project, I had no idea how truly fascinated I would become. The stories of these 31 soldiers is a microcosm of Australia’s involvement in the First World War and shows the bravery and shocking circumstances that so many of our men were put through,” said Mr Courtenay.

“It has been a privilege to be involved in creating this fascinating study into how Bankstown was impacted by the First World War. I have been engaged in Bankstown’s history for 25 years and continue to be amazed. The stories of these young men particularly highlight how many of our citizens went to a war in foreign lands, saw it as an adventure and then died in terrible circumstances,” Mr Carroll said.   

Copies of the book will be available to everyone who attends the special Anzac commemorative event at Bankstown Memorial Oval on Anzac Day, Saturday 25 April, where local residents will be able to watch a live telecast of the Dawn Service in Gallipoli.

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