REMEMBERING THE COO-EES ON ANZAC DAY 2021
Standing in a large crowd at the Dawn Service at Dubbo War Memorial this morning, I thought about Coo-ee Wilfred Ernest McDonald, along with all the fallen local young men, whose names are remembered there on the Roll of Honor plaques, who died during the First World War, and other wars since.
I remembered that his family, like many others, kept his memory alive by on the anniversary of his death, every year for many years, by placing a family notice in the local newspaper. This was the notice placed in The Dubbo Liberal one hundred years ago by his family in 1921:
I thought about the many Commonwealth war cemeteries and war memorials Stephen and I have visited over the years, in France, Belgium, England, Israel, and Turkey, including those for the 41 fallen Coo-ees, and remembered seeing all the flowers, little Australian flags, photographs, and other mementos that were placed by family members and others when they visited the graves of the fallen, and on the memorials built to remember those who have no known grave.
Hopefully the COVID-19 restrictions will eventually cease, so that we can continue to visit the memorials and graves of our fallen servicemen and servicewomen around the world, to remember, and pay our respects to the fallen.
Lest we forget.
 Family Notices (1921, May 3). The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate (NSW : 1894 – 1954), p. 3. Retrieved April 25, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article76893098
Thanks, Added to my documents for Dubbo WWI.
After finding your site whilst researching my grand-uncle D’arcy Keating, I used some details in a poem I wrote about him.
I couldn’t find a Facebook page to which I could share the post I did of the poem and photos. Do you have one?
If not, is there an email address I could send it to?
Just in case you’re interested.
Sorry to take so long to reply to your message. There are websites like NAA Discovering Anzacs https://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/browse/person/226127 and Virtual War Memorial Australia https://vwma.org.au/explore/people/74797 where you can contribute information, stories and photographs about your grandfather Darcy Keating. If you would like to email your poem to me email@example.com I would like to read it. If you have a photo of your grandfather in his WWI uniform, I would very much like a copy to place on his story https://cooeemarch1915.com/2014/12/01/darcy-keating/