Logan’s ANZACS remembered
Published: 30 October 2017
When Logan resident Fred Pope encouraged his friends to enlist with him in the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) he had no idea what lay ahead.
It was a journey of mixed fortunes, which unfortunately resulted in some never returning home.
Their stories have now been visually brought to life through a special project undertaken by Logan City Council.
City Lifestyle and Customer Services Committee Chairperson Councillor Steve Swenson said Council had received funding from the Department of Premier and Cabinet through The Spirit of Service grants to develop Logan ANZACS.
“Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day, on 11 November commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that officially ended the Great War in 1918,” Cr Swenson said.
“As we prepare to celebrate Remembrance Day this year, we are launching what will become part of the City of Logan’s Local Studies collection.
“This is also our contribution to a year commemorating the final push in World War I leading up to the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in November 2018.
“Key stories from research conducted into Logan’s ANZACS will form the basis of a small travelling exhibition of five pull-up banners, which will be initially displayed in Logan Art Gallery before touring the city’s libraries.
“We will also be making the banners available for loan to schools, Returned Service League (RSL) clubs and other institutions in the city.
“The stories will also be uploaded to the Historypin QANZAC100 Logan Remembers website hosted by the State Library of Queensland.”
Cr Swenson said the Logan ANZACS project had uncovered a number of touching wartime stories.
“Although what was to become Logan was only a series of small settlements at the time, more than 800 men and women from the region volunteered for war service between 1914 and 1918.
“At the start of the war, so many men were eager to enlist that the AIF were turning volunteers away and Fred Pope in fact was twice passed over for not meeting the minimum height requirement of 167cm.
“He eventually enlisted together with his friends Thomas Hodges and Al Fraser, also from the Logan area, but sadly they did not all return home.
“An accident resulted in Thomas Hodges being drowned at sea on route to training in Egypt.
“Al and Fred were sent to the Gallipoli campaign where both were wounded within hours of hitting the shore.
“They both recovered and re-joined the war in Europe where Al was promoted to sergeant and platoon leader.
“He was killed on 2 November 1917 in Passchendaele, Belgium and lies with fallen comrades at Tyne Cot Cemetery.
“Fred Pope survived the war and returned to Woodridge in 1919.”
Cr Swenson said the story of the trio and many others were recounted in Logan ANZACS.
“This is a visual display featuring original research to commemorate the contributions and sacrifices made by soldiers who went to war and their families between 1914 and 1918.”
Logan ANZACS will be launched at 11.15am on 11 November at the Logan Art Gallery immediately after the Remembrance Day Service at the nearby Logan Central Cenotaph.
Cr Swenson said the community were invited to attend the official opening of the exhibition.
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