Bell honours those lost in battle
JUST over 50 years ago, Gordon Prove and Bruce Harris served as two young Australian Navy signalmen aboard the HMAS Melbourne.
Yesterday memories flooded the pair as they ran their hands over the bell, which had once belonged to the ship, at the Hervey Bay Remembrance Day service.
The bell, believed to be from the Admiral’s barge, has been re-furbished since its days on the high seas and is now proudly owned by the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-branch.
Yesterday it played a key role in the service at Freedom Park and is expected to remain a feature in coming years.
The ringing of the bell was just one of many emotional moments in the service.
Rain pelted down on mourners as Reverend Vic Burgess read out his thoughts on the day.
The reverend said he had served as a soldier for longer than he had served as a priest and not a day went by where he didn’t think of those who had not been as lucky as him.
He said he woke in the early hours of the morning and asked himself, “what is it that I can do to remember them?”.
The answer, the reverend said, was to “remember them with your life” and he urged the crowd to “remember you are here because of them”.
“Some of them died in the most simple way but were butchered in the most terrible way,” Rev Burgess said
“Let us remember those whose names we may never know who are sleeping forever in a foreign land.”
Remembrance Day is held on November 11 every year.
At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month residents of Commonwealth countries around the world hold a minute’s silence in honour of those who have fallen in every war from, an including, World War I.