Lead by representatives from the Narrabri Shire Band and under a clear blue sky, veterans, school children, and community members marched together in front of a large supportive crowd to the Boggabri Cenotaph for the 2022 Anzac Day Commemoration.

Those unable to march travelled in a fleet of eight Jeeps and two motorbikes.

Participating groups included police, fire brigade, SES, ambulance, Boggabri Public School, Boggabri Sacred Heart School, Gunnedah High School, St Mary’s Gunnedah, GS Kidd Gunnedah, Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School Tamworth, and Calrossy Anglican School Tamworth.

Boggabri RSL Sub-branch president Steve Eather lead the commemoration with Georgia Kemp from Gunnedah High School offering the prayer of thanksgiving. Georgia Baird, Boggabri Sacred Heart School, offered the prayer for the Queen, Ella Hobden and Kye Tumbers from Boggabri Public School offered the prayer to the nation and Charlotte Baird from St Mary’s Gunnedah offered the prayers for the fallen.

Rev. Nick Stone delivered the commemoration address and the gathering were spell bound by the
beautiful voices of Caroline Stone and Liz Grosser in leading the hymns and anthems.

The Boggabri War Memorial was covered by 45 wreaths as residents, local dignitaries and veterans paid their respects.

Boggabri RSL members once again placed an Australian flag on the grave of all the veterans’ graves in the Boggabri General cemetery, the lawn cemetery and memorial walls. 180 flags fluttering in the breeze are an overwhelming emotional sight.

Boggabri has a proud history of its residents serving our country and looking at some of the graves with Australian flags flying proudly are Henry L Tebbutt, Sergeant 883, AIF, 6th Regiment of Imperial Bushmen fought in the Boer War. The war was fought from October 1899 to May 1902. Mr Tebbutt made it home and died May 1968.

Tr. G. R. McGuire 7th Light Horse. KIA. August 8,1916. Aged 25. Buried in Cairo Egypt and his brother Pte James J McGuire, 33 Batt. KIA April 16, 1918. Aged 42. Burial unknown.

Then there are the more recent burials, all service equally appreciated by their country and valued and loved by their families.

Lloyd and Gwen Hardy erected a beautiful tribute at their front gate and the Boggabri HACC decorated their grounds.

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