LABOUR OF LOVE: Dalby Family Historical Society president Jean Town helps uncover the stories of two Dalby soldiers who fought at Gallipoli.
LABOUR OF LOVE: Dalby Family Historical Society president Jean Town helps uncover the stories of two Dalby soldiers who fought at Gallipoli. Georgie Moore

Dalby’s forgotten First World War soldiers unveiled

DALBY Family Historical Society president Jean Town has helped uncover two of Dalby's forgotten First World War soldiers.

Corporal W J Goodspeed served with the 9th Australian Infantry Battalion in Gallipoli, France and Belgium.

He survived a gunshot to the head in France, only to die from appendicitis in Dalby in May 1919, at the age of 34.

Sergeant N Howarth also fought in Western Europe with the 12th Australian Field Artillery Brigade.

He returned to Australia after he was gassed and developed heart problems.

Sergeant Howarth died six weeks into his role as a Dalby recruitment officer, in February 1918. He was about 44-years-old.

Before the First World War, Sergeant Howarth served in India and fought in the Boer War.

Mrs Town unveiled plaques for the soldiers with Western Downs Regional Council Major Ray Brown and the Oakey Army Aviation Centre's Major Roger Briggs at the Dalby Monumental Cemetery on Anzac Saturday.

It remains unclear exactly where Corporal Goodspeed and Sergeant Howarth were buried.

During the commemoration, Cr Brown lamented the child-like age at which many soldiers died during the Gallipoli landings.

"There's a lot of graves there that are 16-and-a-half, 17-and-a-half years of age," he said.

"What would their mothers and fathers have been thinking 100 years ago?

"And that's why we're here today - to acknowledge the enormous sacrifices they gave to their country, their families and friends."

Mrs Towns said the project to recognise Corporal Goodspeed and Sergeant Howarth had been more than a year in the making.

"It was many miles up and down the cemetery," she said.

"We went to Brisbane to research in archives and mapping records.

"Then, it was researching in council records and the Dalby Herald [archives]."

Mrs Town said she would continue searching for Dalby's lost war heroes.


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