Crowd turns out for Anzac Day

Honouring the fallen: Mortlake Returned and Services League sub-branch president Merv Hampson addressed the crowd during Mortlake’s Anzac Day service on Tuesday.

A LARGE crowd made its way down Dunlop Street to the Mortlake War Memorial on Tuesday morning.

The attendees included Returned and Services League (RSL) president Merv Hampson, Moyne Shire councillor Jill Parker and author Kevin Peoples.

Mr Peoples recently wrote and published ‘From the Top of the Hill: Finding Jack Peoples’, a book about the impact his uncle, Private Jack Peoples, has had on his life.

Private Peoples, a former Mortlake local, was only 18 years of age when he was believed to be killed in action by stray shrapnel on November 24, 1916.

Thinking about the past: Moyne Youth Council members paid their respects to Australian and New Zealand’s fallen soldiers in Mortlake on Tuesday.

“On behalf of our family, I thank the people of Mortlake and the RSL for the invitation today,” Mr Peoples said.

“We are grateful for all those who are responsible for keeping Jack’s name alive.”

Cr Parker praised the work of the RSL in preparing the service and for the public in attending.

“Local support was outstanding,” she said.

“I think the crowds are getting bigger every year.”

Leading the way: Terang and District Pipe Band members led the march down Dunlop Street during Mortlake’s Anzac Day service.

Members of the RSL also hosted a service at Mortlake College on Monday, April 24.

Assistant principal Anne de Manser said Mr Hampson’s speech resonated with the children especially.

“This year, he told stories about young men who fought in the war,” she said.

Remembering losses: Mortlake Returned and Services League sub-branch president Merv Hampson laid a wreath at the Mortlake War Memorial during Tuesday’s service.

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