Boer War commemorated

DESPITE a change in location to the Glenorchy War Memorial, the annual Boer War Commemorative Day was a well-attended event last month,

Hobart City Council Alderman Jeff Briscoe represented the Hobart municipality to place the wreath on the memorial alongside Master of Ceremonies Major Richard James.

Ceremony organiser Reg Watson said 41 Tasmanians died in the conflict but their bodies never returned home.

“It is the third largest war Australia has been in, outside the two world wars,” he said.

“It is the war in which two Tasmanians, Guy Wylly and John Hutton Bisdee, won Victorian Crosses out of six awarded to Australians.”

The ceremony acknowledged Tasmania’s participation in the war fought in South Africa between 1899 and 1902.

The ceremony included the 22nd Australian Light Horse, the Veterans Brass Band from Clarence, army cadets and the Lone Piper Peter Frethey who played a traditional lament during the wreath laying ceremony.

A unique feature of the ceremony was the playing of the Tasmanian National Anthem written by Frederick Packer in 1892.

This year marked the 15th time the event had been held.

The ceremony could not be held at the usual Boer War Memorial at the Queen’s Domain due to public works, but is expected to return in 2019.

Caption: Alderman Jeff Briscoe, left, and ceremony organiser Reg Watson.