Quairading tribute to Anzacs

Rueben HaleThe West Australian

Quairading Football Club has included the names of the town's fallen servicemen on their footy jumpers to mark the 100th anniversary of battles at Gallipoli.

On August 7, 1915, eight men from Quairading were killed and six wounded in the Battle of the Nek.

The men were part of the Australian 10th Light Horse Brigade that mounted a futile bayonet attack on the nearby Ottoman trenches on Baby 700.

The brigade had 40 per cent of its men killed for no gain and negligible enemy casualties.

In all, Quairading lost a total of 11 men in the Gallipoli campaign.

Local farmer Greg Richards said the football team wanted to pay their respects to the men who had sacrificed their lives in Gallipoli.

He said 185 people from Quairading enlisted in the army, with 23 of them going on to fight in Gallipoli.

"Most of the men were local farmers and townspeople but others enlisted while passing through the town, coming from places like Kalgoorlie," he said.

Mr Richards said as part of his involvement with the Quairading Anzac Committee, he had tried to get permission to use the Australian Government's official 100-year logo.

"We tried hard to to use that because we thought it would have been good to put on the jumpers, but in the end we couldn't get permission so we decided to use the names of the town's fallen soldiers to be worn by our players for the entire season instead," he said.

Mr Richards said the jumpers were a part of a wider committee campaign to make more information available about the town's Gallipoli history.

"We've upgraded our town war memorial, putting extra information at the site relating to the town's involvement in the campaign," he said.

"Schoolkids did a project on Gallipoli and contributed to the memorial also after completing a project last year.

"We've also put up seven flagpoles of the countries that were also involved in the campaign; the flags were flown on Anzac Day and added to the whole event."

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