Anzac Day appropriately commemorated at Scotch
With Australia this year commemorating the centenary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, Scotch’s annual Anzac Day Assembly took on even greater significance, as the school gathered to honour the legacy of this historic event. Of the 650 Australians killed at the landing on 25 April 1915, 11 were Old Scotch Collegians..
At the assembly, excerpts from the diaries of Old Boys Harold Gordon Craig (1899) and Richard Keith (known as Keith) Phillips (1913), both of whom took part in the landing, were read by current Year 12 students Nick Sutherland and James Fay, as a poignant reflection of the Old Boys’ experiences during this disastrous campaign.
Following the completion of the Memorial Hall in 1922, erected for regular senior school assemblies and the annual Anzac Day Services, the Honour Roll of war dead from World War I was unveiled in 1936 at the school’s Anzac Day Assembly. Now a further 29 names of Old Boys whose deaths as a result of World War I had not been honoured in the Memorial Hall, appear on panels either side of the original World War I Honour Roll.
To honour the legacy of Old Boys who fell in service of their country, Anzac Day 2015 at Scotch was marked by a Middle and Senior School assembly and a separate Junior School assembly. The Principal, Mr Tom Batty read the names of 12 Old Scotch Collegians, one of whom who was killed on 14 April 1915 and 11 who died on the day of the landing at Gallipoli. As is customary, an Old Scotch Collegian, Mr George Mackenzie (‘49), represented former students of the school who served the nation in times of war, to read the Ode to the Fallen, followed by the Last Post, a minute’s silence, and Reveille, with the Chaplain concluding the service by pronouncing the benediction.
To commemorate the centenary of Anzac, Dr Mark Johnston (Head of History) and Mr Paul Mishura (School Archivist) have collaborated to produce a record of all currently known Old Scotch Collegians and Scotch masters who fell in the cause of service and freedom during both World Wars. These records are displayed on posters in the Lithgow Foyer, and in a commemorative website accessible from the Scotch site.
ABOVE: IN THE QUADRANGLE, Students from Years 7 and 8 participate in the Anzac Day Assembly, watching a projection of the proceedings in the Memorial Hall Assembly.
TOP: Paul Mishura, Dr Mark Johnston, Nada Ross and Peter Reardon who collaborated to produce the Anzac commemorative posters In the Lithgow Centre.
BOTTOM: Matthew Paltoglou plays the Last Post