War memorial plaques missing the names of Australians who served in WWI and WWII

The names of soldiers and serving personnel that are missing from a war memorial plaque in Breadalbane Hall are being sought.

The brass plaques pay tribute to the members of the Breadalbane community who served in any conflict, and in any role.

Completing the plaques: Tony Morrison and guest at the 2018 Anzac Day ceremony, which is planned to be held each year. Photo: Sally McLean

Completing the plaques: Tony Morrison and guest at the 2018 Anzac Day ceremony, which is planned to be held each year. Photo: Sally McLean

The plaques have started with the names of those who served in World War I and World War II conflicts.

“Breadalbane only had limited plaques, and very specific of serving personnel in WWI and WWI, nothing that covered all the community,” said Sally McLean, Breadalbane Hall chairman.

At the hall’s inaugural Anzac Day ceremony this year, Mrs McLean and Tony Morrison became aware that the plaques were missing members of the community.

“It’s complicated. We don’t want to exclude anybody... because they don’t appear on the official records,” said Mrs McLean.

The Australian War Memorial criteria for commemorative plaques is determined by those who created the boards.

“We went through army records, and war memorial records, and as much ‘local knowledge’ as we could. We were given lists from the school, the RSL, and Department of Veterans Affairs,” she said.

“There are some people we have inadvertently missed.

“We had a fabulous list of names from the school records, but we couldn’t correlate the records with the Australian War Memorial or army records. The nurses are a classic case and deserve as much recognition.”

One local family’s great aunt worked on the frontline during WWI, her name was added to the plaques recently, said Mrs McLean. 

She had been listed in records under her nickname, D, for Aunt Dinny Watson, she said.

The youngest brother of five boys from the Apps family who served alongside his brothers in WWII was also added.

The plaques were installed in March and there will be an Anzac Day ceremony held each year, said Mrs McLean.