Crossbearers at the Anzac service with the college chapel in the background.
Crossbearers at the Anzac service with the college chapel in the background.

600 at Scots PGC service

AS the mist lifted over the Rose City, The Scots PGC College community gathered at the college cenotaph to commemorate the 42 past students who served during World War II and made the supreme sacrifice for their country.

College principal Michael Harding addressed more than 600 people at the Anzac service held on Friday.

Mr Harding said Anzac Day was such an important day in the college calendar; he spoke of the connection between the current student body and those students of the past who have made the ultimate sacrifice and how the college continues to be a place in which young men and women are inspired to seek out careers in service of their country.

“The college’s commitment to ensuring the stories of our past students affected during wartime, are available and accessible to our students, is important,” he said.

“The publication of John Telfer’s second book The Toolburra Experience follows on from his work commemorating the Magnificent 42, and is an example of this commitment.”

Past students travelled from as far as Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast to attend the service with 10 family members of the Jekyll family present for the presentation on their family member and past student, Pilot Officer George Donaldson Jekyll 102 (Ceylon) Squadron, RAAF.

Students Kellie and Meagan Collins spoke of their great-great uncle, RAAF Sergeant Robert Graham McDowall with their parents and grandmother attending the service.

Prep student Millie Groves attended her first college service laying a wreath to honour her great-grandfather, John F Jackson, an Australian war ace who in his own right was honoured by having the Jackson Airport in Port Moresby named after him.

Taking time from their busy schedules, Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg and Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott attended the service.

The Scots PGC College students and the college pipe band marched in the Warwick Anzac Day parade which reflected on all the servicemen and women who have protected our country and to remember an event which will live in the hearts of Australians forever.

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