Bemboka Anzac Day service

THE presence of former serviceman Jack Hobbs was sorely missed this year at Bemboka’s Anzac Day commemoration, however his grandson Arthur Gazzard did him proud with a wonderful oration about the World War One service of Jack’s father Nicholas.

The Bemboka community came out in force for its Anzac Day commemoration, which starts with a short march from Hobbs Store – once owned by Nicholas and his wife Lucy – to the War Memorial.

The march was led by a drummer from the Australian Defence Force Academy, Officer Cadet Jonathon Lowe and piper John Cross, retired Detective Inspector with the NSW Police.

They were followed by seven members of the Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade - Rowan Alcock, Wal Berman, Jacinta Alcock, Mick Symons, Daena Saye, Kristyn Hayman, Jake Goodlock – lead by Trooper Andrew Judge of the brigade carrying the Australian Flag.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy followed, then servicemen and women and children from the Bemboka Public School.

The service was emceed by Roger Jones and featured prayers read out by pupils from Bemboka Public School, who also sang Can You Hear the Children Marching.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy formed an impressive Catafalque Party, while another cadet, Matthew Sanderson, gave the Prologue.

Mr Gazzard, a sapper with the Royal Australian Engineers (a corps of the Australian Army), talked about the service of this great-grandfather Nicholas Hobbs in World War One, first in Papua New Guinea, then later in Gallipoli and France.

Mr Gazzard said Jack was due to give this oration, but died in January.

Jack was a beloved member of the Bemboka community and many people at the service had tears in their eyes as Mr Gazzard spoke about him.

Following the service, which attracted well over 100 people, there was a well-attended morning tea at Bemboka Memorial Hall.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy joined the community for the morning tea. 

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

Spr. Arthur Gazzard RAE gave the oration on the theme of Anzac, talking about the World War One service of his great-grandfather, Nicholas Hobbs.

Spr. Arthur Gazzard RAE gave the oration on the theme of Anzac, talking about the World War One service of his great-grandfather, Nicholas Hobbs.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy formed a Catafalque Party.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy formed a Catafalque Party.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy formed a Catafalque Party.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy formed a Catafalque Party.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy formed a Catafalque Party.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy formed a Catafalque Party.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy formed a Catafalque Party.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy formed a Catafalque Party.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy formed a Catafalque Party.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy formed a Catafalque Party.

Roger Jones at the Bemboka Anzac service.

Roger Jones at the Bemboka Anzac service.

Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

Bemboka Anzac Day service.

Bemboka Anzac Day service.

The crowed at the Bemboka Anzac Day service.

The crowed at the Bemboka Anzac Day service.

Roger Jones emceed the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

Roger Jones emceed the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

The Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

The Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

The Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

The Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy march in the Bemboka Anzac Day parade.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy march in the Bemboka Anzac Day parade.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy march in the Bemboka Anzac Day parade.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy march in the Bemboka Anzac Day parade.

The Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

The Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

The Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

The Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

Trooper Andrew Judge leads the Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

Trooper Andrew Judge leads the Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

Trooper Andrew Judge leads the Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

Trooper Andrew Judge leads the Bemboka 7th Light Horse Brigade.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

Officer cadet Jonathon Lowe and piper, retired Detective Inspector John Cross, lead the march at the Bemboka Anzac Day service.

Officer cadet Jonathon Lowe and piper, retired Detective Inspector John Cross, lead the march at the Bemboka Anzac Day service.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

The Bemboka Anzac Day march.

People awaiting the march to arrive at the Bemboka War Memorial

People awaiting the march to arrive at the Bemboka War Memorial

Officer cadet Jonathon Lowe and piper, retired Detective Inspector John Cross.

Officer cadet Jonathon Lowe and piper, retired Detective Inspector John Cross.

Members of the Bemboka 7th Light Horse regiment get ready for the parade (from left) troopers Mick Symons, Wal Berman, Daena Saye and Kristyn Hayman.

Members of the Bemboka 7th Light Horse regiment get ready for the parade (from left) troopers Mick Symons, Wal Berman, Daena Saye and Kristyn Hayman.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy formed the Catafalque Party at the at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service (from left) AJ Whitehead, BM Langham, D Pedisic, CV Lyttle and J Lowe.

Officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy formed the Catafalque Party at the at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service (from left) AJ Whitehead, BM Langham, D Pedisic, CV Lyttle and J Lowe.

Sgt. Russell Bennett gives the ode at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

Sgt. Russell Bennett gives the ode at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

Pupils from Bemboka Public School lay a wreath.

Pupils from Bemboka Public School lay a wreath.

Gwen Robinson lays a wreath on behalf of Legacy at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

Gwen Robinson lays a wreath on behalf of Legacy at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

Gary Berman lays a wreath at the Bemboka War Memorial in rememberance of the fallen.

Gary Berman lays a wreath at the Bemboka War Memorial in rememberance of the fallen.

Annette Scanlan read the Commemoration of the Fallen at the Bemboka Anzac Day service.

Annette Scanlan read the Commemoration of the Fallen at the Bemboka Anzac Day service.

Pupils from Bemboka Public School sing Can You Hear the Children Marching.

Pupils from Bemboka Public School sing Can You Hear the Children Marching.

Principal of Bemboka Public School Jan Rogers leads the children in song at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

Principal of Bemboka Public School Jan Rogers leads the children in song at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

Anandarupa Saraswati gives the Prayer for the Nation at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

Anandarupa Saraswati gives the Prayer for the Nation at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

Ben Keyes from Bemboka Public School gives the Prayer for the Queen at  the Anzac Day commemorative service.

Ben Keyes from Bemboka Public School gives the Prayer for the Queen at the Anzac Day commemorative service.

Michael Guthrie gives the Prayer of Thanksgiving at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

Michael Guthrie gives the Prayer of Thanksgiving at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

Officer cadet Matthew Sanderson from the Australian Defence Force Academy gives the  Prologue at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

Officer cadet Matthew Sanderson from the Australian Defence Force Academy gives the Prologue at the Bemboka Anzac Day commemorative service.

Children from Bemboka Public School at the Anzac Day commemorative service.

Children from Bemboka Public School at the Anzac Day commemorative service.