Scone community pays respects and commemorates 2019 Remembrance Day

SCONE'S commitment to protecting the nation during WWI was something to behold, and the way they commemorate Remembrance Day is special as well.

As reported at the time, every eligible man in the region had volunteered for service, and their willingness to sacrifice their lives to defend Australia's rights and freedoms cannot be forgotten.

During a ceremony at Scone Memorial Swimming Pool which was held at 10:30 on Monday morning, a story was read out - per tradition - of a soldier who lost their life in The Great War.

Councillor Lee Watts spoke about Arthur Oscar Harvey, who fought against all odds just to make it to the war where he would become a hero.

The London-born 19-year-old suffered from a serious heart condition and tried to enlist in Scone, Tamworth, Newcastle and Sydney, before finally being accepted following a trip to Goulburn where a doctor passed him as fit for service.

Finally, he made his way to France, where he would show leadership and immense courage wherever and whenever he could.

One particular instance that was noted in the history books was when he nominated himself to be a runner, relaying messages between headquarters and the companies despite heavy shell fire after phone lines were cut.

That act earned him a military medal and personal thanks from General John Monash.

Unfortunately in 1917, at the age of 21, he lost his life along with seven other Scone men in the Passchendaele campaign.

"Today we gather to remember all who served, and all who suffered," said Cr Watts.

"In all, more than 102,000 Australian service men and women have served and sacrificed in wars, conflict and peacekeeping operations over a century.

"We remember them."