SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Cadets unveil the new headstone for Capt Neech.
SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Cadets unveil the new headstone for Capt Neech. Derek Barry

Dalby remembers Captain George Neech

SOME 83 years after his death, Captain George Christian Neech was honoured with a Remembrance Day commemoration at Dalby Monumental Cemetery on Wednesday.

Captain Neech was a bit of a Renaissance Man, born in England but a veteran of the Gallipoli campaign after he landed with the AIF on Anzac Day.

He was also a musician, composer, teacher, poet and journalist with the Dalby Herald.

Several hundred people turned up at the cemetery to honour his memory in a ceremony led by Gary Carey.

Like many in the cemetery, Captain Neech was buried with a number only (2836) with no name and his story was brought to light by Englishman Sid Barker.

With help from the Australian War Graves commission a headstone with his name was unveiled, and the proceedings were videoed for later forwarding to Mr Barker, who was unable to attend.

The order of service did have a few lines penned by Mr Barker who said Captain Neech and his wife Emmeline were thoroughly involved in the community for social betterment with no trace of self-promotion.

"George was Christian by name and demonstrably Christian by nature," Mr Barker wrote.

"But one more thing can be said - he loved his adopted land and was proud to be an Aussie."

At the ceremony Captain Neech's own composition The Landing March was played and there were floral tributes after the new headstone was unveiled.

New Dalby State High vice-captain Nicholas Dunlop read A Glorious Grave from Pericles before Mr Carey read an extract from Robert Laurence Bunyon's poem The Fallen, which contains the immortal lines "At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them".

Alex Edgar was on hand to play the bagpipes while Lester Perry played the bugle.


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