Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tracking the Troop Train's Memories

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Tracking the Troop Train's Memories

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Byline: Peter Gardiner

AS THE winds of the First World War swept into Cooroy train station spreading soot and cinders, former National Serviceman Ron Strudwick was soaking up the raw-boned optimism of more than 100 years ago, that once filled the troop train carriages.

As the crowds yesterday gathered around this whistle-blowing, travelling time capsule, just as they would have back in 1914, to cheer on the troops as they headed off for their great Gallipoli "adventure", Ron was looking on with the wisdom of hindsight.

The Cooroy RSL member who helped marshal the thousands of well-wishers said, "I think it's a great thing for those soldiers who fought for us and never came home.

"Whether it should have happened in the first place or not, I'm not sure. It was a crazy war.''

Cooroy has never seen the like of this troop train re-enactment, on the eve of the 100th Gallipoli landing, with more than 4000 turning out to welcome passengers.

Among the uniformed ranks was Chris Withoos, an Army Reservist and his 15-year-old Australian Army cadet son Jacob. …

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