Booklet launch to commemorate Burdekin soldiers

A memorial booklet commemorating the service and sacrifice of Burdekin soldiers who enlisted in World War 1 will be launched at Burdekin Library Ayr in time for Anzac Day.

The booklet was created as a collaborative effort between Burdekin Shire Council, local historian Glenis Cislowski and members of the Home Hill RSL Sub-Branch and lists the names and details of the more than 400 Burdekin soldiers who enlisted for service in World War I, as well as photos.

Descendants of the soldiers will be presented with the books at a public launch event at the library on Monday, April 24 at 11.30am.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council received a $4717 Queensland ANZAC Centenary Spirit of Service grant to fund the project along with a historical display of World War I memorabilia.

“Coinciding with the Anzac Centenary, this booklet has been created as lasting tribute to the many Burdekin solders who enlisted and fought for their country in World War 1,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Fifty copies have been created and are being offered to descendants of the soldiers for free.

“Any descendants interested in receiving a copy of the book are asked to come forward. At this stage there are still a limited number of copies available.

“We will be presenting them at the official launch event on the eve of Anzac Day.”

Residents can also now visit the display of World War 1 memorabilia at Burdekin Library Ayr, which was put together as part of the project.

“The display of photographs, medals and other memorabilia offers even more insight into the experience of Burdekin soldiers who served and fought in World War 1,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“I thank the Queensland Government for its support in helping to get this important project off the ground.”

For more information contact Robyn Elphinstone at Burdekin Library Ayr on or (07) 4783 9977, visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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