Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Villagers Rescue War Memorial; Neglected Reserve Restored and Improved

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Villagers Rescue War Memorial; Neglected Reserve Restored and Improved

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Byline: Susanna Freymark news@northernstar.com.au

FOR three years, a dozen Rileys Hill residents have been quietly and doggedly restoring the memorial park in their village.

The Rileys Hill War Memorial Reserve and History Walk was neglected and overgrown and an unfitting tribute to the servicemen and women it honoured.

Trust chairman Neville Murray said everyone helped make the reserve what it is today, "from Jim at the back donating the stone for the plaque to the man around the corner who mowed the grass".

Last Digger

The ashes of Bert Horridge, the last known returned soldier from Rileys Hill, are scattered in the rose garden.

On the day I visited, Mr Murray and Duncan Hemsley were putting paving stones around the rose garden.

On Anzac Day this year, the sign Richmond Valley councillor Robert Mustow helped secure funding for was erected in the name of the park.

"John Walker (former council manager) was very supportive," Mr Murray said. …

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