Kangaroo Island observes the centenary of Armistice | PHOTOS

Kangaroo Island on Sunday, November 11 observed the 100-year anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War.

Remebrance Day services were held at the War Memorials at Kingscote and Penneshaw.

KI Legacy chairman Pierre Gregor officiated the Kingscote service, which was attended by the new mayor-elect Michael Pengilly and also State Member for Mawson Leon Bignell. 

Mr Bignell also had with him delegates from the Great Wine Capitals global network, including Catherine Leparmentier Dayot from France and Cristina Azevedo and Antonio Barros from Portugal and the Porto Tourism Board.

Also recognised at the service was Jimmy Browne, who turns 95 on November 12. 

The enhancements to the Soldier Memorial Park at the Kingscote Oval undertaken by Advance Kingscote Progress Association were also officially dedicated immediately after the service. 

The entrance to the oval now features up to 700 pavers bearing the names and military details of veterans born, living on or who have moved to Kangaroo Island.

There are also roses planted and new fences.

The Advance Kingscote Progress Association has worked on improving the Soldier Memorial Park since it was unveiled by the Governor in 2015.

It continues to be a work in progress and anyone interested in getting a paver dedicated to a relative can contact Ann Jamieson. 

Commemorations ended at the Kingscote Town Hall with a great display of Neil "Shep" Sheppard war-inspired artwork, which has now been donated by the family to the KI RSL sub-branch.

Poppies at Tiger Simpson cairn

Students from the Penneshaw KICE campus, together with some teachers and locals, on Friday, November 9 met at the Tiger Simpson Memorial cairn near YMCA Corner on Hog Bay Road.

They were guided by KI Legacy chairman Pierre Gregor as they laid poppies at the memorial plaque at the base of the hill and the cairn on top of the hill built by veteran Tiger Simpson stands. 

“It was a great initiative by the local school and the children brought red poppies with them that were left at the plaque and also on the cairn,” Mr Gregor said.

“I provided the students with background to our local lads involvement in the war, an insight to the tragedy of war and its impact on families and communities, and some information on the three local Penneshaw lads who lost their lives during WW1 and also an overview of Tiger Simpsons involvement in WW1 and the significance of the cairn built by him.

“We then made our way to the top of the hill where the students placed knitted red poppies on the cairn . 

“This was followed by a couple of additional words about the loss of life and its impact! 

“They were then invited to take in the view and contemplate in silence the suffering of those that served and the way Tiger Simpson may have felt as he sat adjacent to the cairn that he built in memory of his mates who were killed. 

“The manner in which the children embraced the information, absorbed the significance  and then took the opportunity to reflect in silence for a few minutes while on top of the hill was quite amazing and heart warming!”

Earlier in the year, two locals John Green and Paul Zabukavic helped Mr Gregor collect three trailer loads of limestone rocks to refurbish the cairn. 

“There is still some more work to do but it is better than it was,” he said.

2018 is the final year of the Centenary of Anzac, commemorating Australia’s involvement in the First World War.

Further information can be found at www.defence.gov.au/Events/RemembranceDay/

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