Hanwood heroes honoured

Two forgotten soldiers will finally get the recognition they deserve.

Hector Williams and Hugh Daley were teachers at Hanwood Public School in 1913, enlisted in World War I in 1915 and killed in 1917 while serving their country.

A dedication ceremony will be held at the school on Remembrance Day, Monday, November 11 at 2.30pm.

After years of researching the pair, Griffith RSL sub-branch secretary treasurer Roy Stacy said he was happy to finally pay tribute to the men.

"Hector was the first headmaster in this area. He was a teacher at Bagtown and enlisted in March 1915. Hugh was also a Hanwood teacher, who enlisted in September 1915," Mr Stacy said.

"Hector was 30 and buried at Villiers Bretonneux in France, while Hugh was 24 and is buried in Belgium.

"It was a big job tracking down all of the history because very few records were kept.

"But when I saw their names a few years back, I knew we had to do something. I took it to the RSL and they were happy to sponsor the plaques using part of a grant given to us by the Ex-Servicemen's Club."

The Griffith RSL sub-branch fittingly chose to unveil the plaques on Remembrance Day, the day the country remembers those who lost their lives in conflict.

This day marks the armistice of World War I, which took place at 11am on November 11, 1918.

Hanwood Public School principal Monica St Baker said the fact this was happening in the school's centenary year was significant.

"Roy approached me and I thought it was a brilliant idea," Mrs St Baker said.

"We decided to put the plaques around the flagpole so that when students place a wreath there it has more meaning for them.

"I think it's lovely for people to walk around and see history in our school. It also acknowledges community members who have fought for us."

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