LEST WE FORGET: Book author, Elizabeth Cafferty with her book, The Memory Tree
LEST WE FORGET: Book author, Elizabeth Cafferty with her book, The Memory Tree Contributed

Fitting tribute for our local war heroes

OUR brave World War I soldiers and nurses have been immortalised in a new book.

The Memory Tree is a picture book detailing the history of the World War I soldiers who lived in the Nanango district.

The book's author, Elizabeth Cafferty said during the war the town of Nanango proved extremely patriotic.

"The shire council got right behind the men who were enlisting,” she said.

"They were farewelled from churches and tennis clubs.”

There will be a book launch this Friday held by the Nanango Tourism and Development Association and NaTDA president, Barry Green said he was proud of his involvement with the book.

"My grandmother's only brother was killed in the war,” he said.

"I've got his medals.

"He was only there about four days before he was killed.”

Mr Green said it was important we kept the memory of our soldiers alive as life would be very different for Australians if not for these brave men and women.

"If it wasn't for our World War I soldiers, we would all be talking German now,” he said.

Upwards of 400 Nanango soldiers and nurses participated in the first world war.

"We had soldiers that were involved in every major battle in World War I,” Ms Cafferty said.

"This was not uncommon for other rural communities as well.”

The author hoped her book would be read by people of all ages.

"It is going to be put in to schools, libraries and RSLs,” Ms Cafferty said.

The book was published with the assistance of an Anzac Centenary grant and both the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk MP and the leader of the opposition, Deb Frecklington MP have provided a foreword for the book.

The official book launch of The Memory Tree will be held at the Nanango RSL on Friday November 9 from 5.30pm.

For more information on the book launch event contact Barry Green on 4163 1266

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