Bellerive memorial not forgotten

LOCAL historians Reg Watson and John Sargent have partnered in a special event to pay tribute to the anniversary of the Anglo-Boer War.

Held on 11 October at the Clarence War Memorial, located at the centre of Bellerive Village, the ceremony marked the commencement of the war 116-years-ago.

The ceremony has now become an annual event for the two history enthusiasts, who were accompanied on the day by Izac Saltmarsh – whose great, great grandfather fought in the war.

Mr Watson said the war was a highly significant historical event in Tasmania’s history.

“Our small but important ceremony highlights our involvement and our desire that those who served with distinction will not be forgotten,” he said.

Mr Watson laid a small posy to commemorate the remembrance, while Mr Sargent draped the memorial with red, white and blue streamers.

Mr Watson and Mr Sargent said they intended to continue running the annual event.

“However, the memorial really needs some restoration work as it is in a rather difficult location, right within a traffic turn,” Mr Watson said.

Mr Watson said he had plans to approach the Clarence City Council to see if restoration work could be undertaken.