Military history revealed in book

FOURTEEN hundred hours over 18 months of “treading the pavements, scanning phone books and descending on our local school” has paid off for Maryborough’s Allan Woodward.

The retired Sydney businessman was “like a dog wagging its tail” this week, said Maryborough Military & Colonial museum director John Meyers.

“Allan finally got the first copies of his book, Our Grateful Thanks, Maryborough Cenotaph.”

Woody, as he’s fondly known, had a dream two years ago when he closely inspected the names on the Maryborough cenotaph and decided that each there must have a story to tell.

“So I started to research the 100 WWI names and the 55 from WWII,” he said yesterday.

“The Chronicle published a story on my project and that sealed it. So many people contacted me with information on the soldier their family had lost to world wars.”

Woody said some of the stories were “terrible” and others “just inspirational”.

“I have managed to put a story together on every person on the cenotaph and local retired teacher Robert Hodge kindly edited the book for me.

“The Maryborough RSL, Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise and Veteran Affairs financed the 300 copies we have printed and now I will put a free copy into every one of our local schools.”

Woody’s next job will be to piece together histories of the names on the Wide Bay Club’s memorial board that hangs in the museum.

If you can help this dedicated historian, phone 4123 5900.

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