Greg aims to restore boards
AMONG the precious memorabilia lost when the Gympie State High School burnt to the ground in 1955 was the WWI and WWII Roll of Honour boards.
But, thanks to Gympie man Greg McGuire, they are being replaced.
Greg is no stranger to the research needed to complete such a task.
He was instrumental is getting a Monkland State School Roll of Honour replaced for the school’s 125 years of education in 2009.
That board disappeared decades ago and now Greg is hoping the Gympie High Roll of Honour will be completed for its centenary in 2012.
“There were about 30 names on the WWI honour board and I’ve got information on all but one of them,” Greg said.
“I can’t find out anything about George Melville Moxon between 1914 and 1919.
“I am also missing information for about 18 names from the WWII honour board.”
Those names are: J.E. Chapple, T.J. Choate, W.H. Hooper (WAAAF), D.C. Jackson, J. Laidlaw (RAAF), C.H. Little, W.B. Martin (Sergeant), R.W. McIntosh, J.H. McLellan, J. McLeod, V.E. Moes (WAAAF), V.E. Nicoli (RAAF, Sergeant Pilot, missing), R.A. Rice, H.C. Smith (Corporal), V. Taylor (WAAAF), Richard Whittington (wounded – deceased), Vayro W. Wilson (Lieutenant DSC RANVR), C. Woodlands.
If anyone can help Mr McGuire fill in the gaps, please phone him on 5482 1018.