We’re a bit late in bringing you this news, but at the recent Midwest Chapter meeting of MGAWA the Chapman Valley Historical Society reps told us about the Award they’d received from their Shire. We love to hear good news stories and couldn’t help but ask them to share the news with us. Here it is!
The Chapman Valley Historical Society was awarded the Shire of Chapman Valley Community Group Award as part of the Shire’s Australia Day celebrations. The presentation of the award was due largely to the success of the WWI Upper Chapman Fallen Soldiers Tribute project and the very moving official opening. It also recognised the contribution the volunteers make to the success of the museum in Nanson.
The Upper Chapman WWI Fallen Soldiers Tribute recognises the 42 soldiers that enlisted from the district and sadly did not return to Australian soil. The research for this project involved hundreds of volunteer hours. The research started with the names inscribed on the War Memorial in Nabawa; with only the initials and surnames, the possibility of a misspelling added to the challenge. Names from Honour Boards in the district and church records were researched. It was found that there were six more soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice and had not been listed on the War Memorial.
The Chapman Valley Historical Society are very grateful for the funds provided by Lotterywest, the assistance of the Shire of Chapman Valley throughout the planning of the project and the wonderful volunteers who gave so generously of their time during the two years that it took for this project to be realised.
Many thanks to Jenny MacKay for providing us with this detail and if you’re interested in finding out more abouth the WWI Upper Chapman Fallen Soldiers Tribute project please pop along to Jenny’s blog about the event.