Students integral to Battle of Lone Pine 100th anniversary
SUNSHINE Coast High School students played an integral part in the Nambour Museum's recent commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine named after a solitary Turkish pine that stood there at the start of the fighting.
Museum publicity officer Jeanette Morrison said the students were prize winners in the Sunshine Coast High School writing competition, conducted by the Nambour Museum entitled A Nurse's Diary, a theme chosen to complement the anniversary.
Guest speaker was Mary Murray, former Second World War nursing sister and widow of former Maroochy Shire chairman Fred Murray, who gave an enlightened and often humourous account of her nursing experiences during the war.
Ms Morrison said the competition was based on a nursing theme, and students were asked to capture how World War I nurses who were treating the injured from the Battle of Lone Pine recorded one day of their lives in a diary entry.
"Judges were Cory Watts from the Nambour RSL and Al Diamond from the RAAFA Nambour whose returned service organisations sponsored the prize money for the competition. Both judges commended the high standard of entries," she said.
Prize winners were Year 10, 1st Riley Korableff, Coolum State High School; 2nd Rhianna Quarry CSHS; 3rd Callum Noel, CSHS. Year 9, 1st Rebecca Geddes, Nambour State High School; 2nd Grace Forward, Burnside State High School; 3rd Kane Howlett, BSHS. Year 8, 1st Grace Hoyes, CSHS; 2nd Maria Harrison, CSHS; 3rd Bailey Ghent, CSHS.
Museum president Mr Clive Plater said the Battle of Lone Pine was the only success during the Gallipoli campaign.
"The Battle of Lone Pine was fought between Australian and Turkish forces during World War I between 6 and 10 August 1915. Part of the Gallipoli Campaign, the battle was part of a diversionary attack to draw Turkish attention away from the main assaults and became known as the August Offensive," he said.
Mr Plater said it reflects badly that after 100 years, Australia still fails to acknowledge the sacrifice of servicepersons with a memorial award to the next of kin unlike fellow Commonwealth counties such as Canada and New Zealand.
Others taking part in the service were cadets and officers from AAFC 207 Squadron and was attended by about 80 people.