MISSING war heroes from the City of Ryde’s World War One Honour Boards are being searched for.
The Honour Boards were recently restored in time for this week’s 2017 Remembrance Day commemoration.
The restoration of the two maple and gold leaf memorials was commissioned by the Council as part of the City of Ryde’s Centenary of Anzac’s four-year program and the work was undertaken by three local craftsmen.
The refurbishment involved the boards being dismantled, repaired and reassembled.
The traditional gold lettering was reapplied and then the boards were French polished.
That’s when the search began.
“When the honour boards were recovered from storage they were in a poor state and it was immediately noted that one panel from the larger Eastwood board was missing,” Mayor Laxale said.
“Despite exhaustive research by Ryde’s Local Studies Librarian, Angela Phippen and members of the Ryde District Historical Society, the names could not be found.
“Now, we are hoping that members of the community can help fill in the missing link and we are appealing to local families who may have old photographs of the Eastwood honour board showing the missing detail to contact us.”
Ryde Historical Society President Kim Phillips said she hopes someone may have taken a photo that has the missing board in the background.
“These honour boards are important because they are the only commemeration of many Ryde soldiers who were killed and who don’t have graves,” she said.
Bernie Cox from the City of Ryde’s Centenary of Anzac Commemoration Committee agreed.
“It is the only historical record we have from the time and we want young people to know more about The Great War, which was the most significant event in Australia’s history.”
The Eastwood Roll of Honor records the name of 177 soldiers and one nurse.
It contains a large central panel, with two smaller panels either side but the left one is missing.
For restorer Michael Calvert, the work was a labour of love.
“It took 120 man hours and it was wonderful to do the craftsmanship I was trained as a young apprentice to do.”
The North Ryde School of Arts Role of Honour contains the names of 47 soldiers from the local area and of the 47 soldiers, 18 never returned .
“Four were killed at Gallipoli and 14 were fatally wounded or killed on the Western Front,” Mayor Laxale said.
“The beautifully restored honour boards now hang in the public area of the City of Ryde Council Chambers.”
Anyone with original photographs of the Eastwood Role of Honor can contact Ryde Local Studies Librarian on 9952 8222 or Ryde District Historical Society 9807 7137 [email protected]
Pictured with the Roll of Honour Boards outside the City of Ryde Council Chambers are Ryde’s Centenary of Anzac Commemoration Committee representative Bernie Cox, Betty Willis from the Ryde Historical Society, Phillip Ward representing the 1st Ryde Scouts, Ryde Historical Society President Kim Phillips, Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale and Michael Calvert from Calvert Signs. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO