York Nasho' s Memorial
Dedication Service and Reunion
Sunday 4th. April 2004
If you were unfortunate and not able, to attend the York Memorial Dedication
Ceremony on the 4th. April 2004 it was truly a great historical event.
The Parade led by the Irwin Barracks Brass Band dressed in their ceremonial uniforms was
the perfect setting for the event who were followed, by approximately 250 personnel who
marched, representing Nashos, ex. Servicemen, Vietnam Veterans, Nurses and the York School
Cadets who led the colour party followed by the magnificent Army Veteran Motor Vehicles.
The parade marched proudly down Avon Terrace cheered on with bystanders waving small
Australian flags handed out by a group of school children.
Commodore Deeks Senior Navel Officer taking the salute, he was accompanied by
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Mc.Martin, Senior Army Officer,
Group Captain Peter Sapwell, Senior Air Force Officer,
Western Australian Nashos Assoc.Patron, Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd.) George
Howell ED RL and
York Sub.-Branch Patron Max. Trenorden MLA, Leader of the National Party.
The Parade was received by the Official Party at the Memorial site:-
Ms Judi Moylan, MP Member for Pearce.
Mr. John Gregory, York Shire President.
Mrs. Le. Gregory, York Shire Councillor.
District Superintendent of Police, Ian Calderwell.
Mr. Frank Cocks, President WA NSAA.
Mr.William Gaynor OAM RFD, President WA. Branch Returned & Services League.
Mr. Frank Sykes OAM, President York Sub.- Branch Returned & Services League.
Mr. Les Crowe, Vice. President WA. Vietnam Veterans Association.
The Nashos York Sub.-Branch President, Mr. Colin Wright performed with distinction
as Master of Ceremonies.
The York Patron, Mr. Max Trenorden MLA gave a short address congratulating York on the
progress and the achievements of the York Sub.-Branch members, before unveiling the
The Reverend Sirs, Father Stephen Cooney O. Praem., Anglican Minister
Hal. Nicholson, Captain Niall Gibson Salvation Army were then asked to bid Gods
blessing on the Memorial.Wreaths were laid on the Memorial, followed by stand fast for the
During the National Anthem the RAAF performed a spectacular fly past returning after 30
seconds to thrill everyone with a vertical bomb burst over the scene.
Following the Memorial Ceremony, a lunch was served in the Town Hall, before the reunion
where everyone enjoyed meeting old acquaintances and talking of old times had in the days
when we were Nashos.
A large display of old photographs and memorabilia was set up on tables in the center of
the Town Hall, which attracted a lot of attention.The Memorial is incorporated in the
picturesque rose garden at the Corner of South and Howick Streets York.
The members of the Memorial Committee wish to congratulate every one who helped or
contributed to the organizing of this magnificent project. Although there were times of
frustration and uncertainty members had the strength to rise above the problems and get on
with the job.York Landscape Contractor Richard Boultbee volunteered his team of workers to
construct the brickwork and the tiling.
The large stone was donated by Margaret and Billy Hobbs, with the granite rock cutting and
mounting of the plagues done by Oxter Memorial Services of Northam.
A team of our members also assisted with the erection of the flag poles and general work
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(Well done every one)