War service echoes through generations

25 Apr, 2015 02:00 AM
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WITH relatives who fought in both World War I and II, 19-year-old Lachlan Hunter feels a sense of connection with the ANZACs.

"I think this is because I am a young Australian and someone who had relatives fight in both wars," he said.

"It's a special connection that I think we, as all Australians, can be very proud of."

Mr Hunter said in the centennial year of the Gallipoli landing, the family will reflect on the ANZACs who served and helped shape the nation.

Mr Hunter's great-great uncle Harry Moore, from England, migrated to Cottesloe with his parents.

"Harry Moore is my grandmother's uncle, on the Hunter side," he said.

"After he moved to Australia, he went off to war, where he served as a Lance Corporal.

"When he came back, he decided to buy land himself and bought a farm in Shackleton."

Moore met his wife Edith Rodd in Shackleton - she was his neighbour's daughter.

He cleared the Shackleton farm for a wheat and sheep enterprise.

The Hunter family continues to farm to this day, running Flinders Farm at Ardath, near Bruce Rock.

The Hunters run a cropping and Merino sheep operation.

Mr Hunter and his family honour those who served at the Bruce Rock service each ANZAC Day.

"We celebrate and honour the service of many Australian men and women who fought for our nation's freedom," he said.

"We especially remember those who were our family members, including Harry Moore.

"It is a very reflective time.

"We will wear Harry's medals with pride at the ANZAC Day service and share his story to those who will lend an ear to know."

During his war time, Lance Corporal Moore wrote a daily account in his diary, which the family still has.

His journal entries and medal papers suggest he was at war for four years.

"According to other family members accounts, he was a very quiet person who kept to himself," Mr Hunter said.

"But he had a very good sense of humour.

"He always liked reading the newspaper and keeping up with current affairs.

"Some members of the family say that his quiet nature may have been caused by the torments he experienced while fighting."

Commonwealth Military Forces documents show Moore received his military medals for bravery and devotion to duty he displayed during an attack on September 18, 1918.

Mr Hunter said the Moores never had children and retired to a lovely home overlooking the Swan River in Applecross.

Moore died in the 1950s and his war memorabilia, including his diary and medals, were given to the Hunter family.

"Edith gave them to my father Gregory Hunter," he said.

"My grandmother, Audrey Hunter was Edith's blood niece and Gregory is her eldest child."

Celebrating the honour of family who served is important to Mr Hunter and his family.

"We always celebrate the fallen soldiers who fought for our freedoms and to be Australian," he said.

"We always attend the ANZAC memorial services and usually have a few friends over for a barbecue.

"It's a solemn and memorable time where you can be so thankful to be an Australian."

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