On Tuesday, I was honoured to speak at the unveiling of a plaque at Montrose War Memorial, at an event organised by the Rotary Club of Montrose and District to honour former Montrose resident Major Charles Morris.
Major Charles Morris served at the Fort situated at Point Nepean Heads.
On the morning of 5 August 1914, Major Morris ordered a warning shot be fired across the bow of German steamer, the Pfalz. This shot, having occurred just hours after war was declared in Europe, is acknowledged as the first shot fired in the First World War.
At this event I spoke of the importance of remembering those Montrose residents who served in the First World War. Three of the twenty listed on the Montrose memorial died in active service, all of them young men in their twenties and all were killed in action in France:Frederick Davies - killed in action in 1918 in France aged 26. Gordon Ewart – killed in action in 1918 in France aged 20. Norman Hooke – killed in action in 1916 in France aged 20.
There will be many more events across the Casey electorate over the years to 2018 commemorating the Centenary of Anzac.
The ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Programme is helping to ensure that our electorate pays appropriate tribute to those from this area who answered the call and served our nation, especially those who died on active service. New grants for our local area will be announced over the coming weeks and months.
click here for local newspaper story Ranges Trader Mail 12 August 2014 - page 3