Port Elliot and Middleton remember fallen soldiers

Howard Dodd.

Howard Dodd.

The Port Elliot RSL Sub-Branch regret to announce that difficulties in complying with COVID-19 requirements for an outdoor service means there will be no public dawn service held at the Strand War Memorial this year.

Instead, residents are encouraged to Light Up The Dawn at home, and are invited to lay personal tributes at the war memorial during Anzac Day.

When war was declared in August 1914, men from Port Elliot and Middleton quickly enlisted, with 18 serving at Gallipoli.

Six landed at dawn.

Some were wounded or fell sick, being evacuated, then most were later able to re-join their units.

Of those who served at Gallipoli, five lost their lives, with another four killed later in the war.

Howard Dodd, our first casualty, landed at Gallipoli during the afternoon of 25 April and was killed during fighting on May 2, 1915.

As his remains were never recovered, he is commemorated on the Gallipoli Lone Pine Memorial and at Port Elliot.

A mate wrote to Howard's father: "He was one of the coolest and most cheerful chaps I think on the Peninsula and a finer little soldier I have never met".

Gallipoli set the standard for the Australian and New Zealand Armies.

General Monash later said if the situation in France became dire, he only had to mention "Remember Gallipoli" to produce an extra effort.

Over 220 people from this district have served the nation in times of war.

Others continue to do so today, with four younger members of the Port Elliot RSL currently serving in the Australian Defence Force.

Lest we forget.