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Walpeup Welcome Home Banner

Walpeup Welcome Home Banner

This banner was discovered in October 2003 under the stage of the Memorial Hall at Walpeup in the Mallee district of northwestern Victoria. It was made in 1919 by Mrs C.M. Glen on behalf of the Walpeup Red Cross Society and the Walpeup Welcome Home Committee, and displayed in the Walpeup Railway Station to welcome soldiers from the district returning home. On their arrival, soldiers signed the banner.

Following its discovery, the banner was professionally restored and framed through a grant from the Department of Veterans' Affairs, and unveiled on 23 April 2005 at a ceremony at the Memorial Hall that was attended by many descendants of those who had signed their names in 1919.

26630 George William BAKER, 8th Field Artillery Brigade
19667 Thomas Henry BAKER, 8th Field Artillery Brigade
4886 Francis William BULL, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
2146 Hector Norman DONNE, 60th Bn
1411 Stephen Leslie GIBBS, 4th Divisional Signal Company
6276 Alfred Ernest Leslie HERRING, 5th Bn
1481 James Thomas HYDER, 4th Light Horse Regiment
3320 Martin Andrew JACKSON, 38th Bn
4421 William JAMES, 23rd Bn
27904 John Henry LILES, 6th Trench Mortar Battery
19575 William Lewis MEAD, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
2115 Keith Alexander Ross MUNRO, 38th Bn
16098 Alexander Cameron ROSE, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
6108 Patrick SEXTON MM, 59th Bn
6892 Joseph Alexander SIMPSON, 23rd Bn
19579 Alfred Edward Theodore THOMAS, 8th Field Artillery Brigade
20354 Gustav Adolph THOMAS, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column

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