Wingham Presbyterian Church on Gloucester Road was the venue for this year's Wingham RSL Sunset Anzac Eve Service when well known Wingham identity, the late Cecil Stuart 'Curley' Wamsley was honoured for his service to his country as a Signalman in World War II.
'Curley's' ashes were interred in the church's Columbarium Wall and it was here that some 29 family, friends and Wingham RSL Sub-branch members gathered to honour the deeds of Curley who enlisted on December 6, 1942 and was discharged on June 4, 1946 from 24 Infantry Brigade's signals section.
Master of Ceremonies, Wingham RSL Sub-branch president Terry Gould welcomed all, including Curley's two daughters Julie Wamsley of Wingham, and her sister Kerry Marriott and husband John of Sydney.
Grandson Chad Wamsley-Taylor and wife Laura and great grandson Cooper had travelled from Queensland to be present at the emotional service that began with Wingham Pipes and Drums Piper John Andrews piping in the flag bearer, Jack Muxlow and bugler, Claire Boone before the Prayer of Thanksgiving was given by Pastor Paul Smith of the Presbyterian Church.
Terry Gould then delivered the prologue, outlining the many services that Curley had given to his country and his community.
A wreath on behalf of the family was laid by great-grandson Cooper followed by a wreath laid on behalf of Wingham RSL Sub-branch by member Brian Willey.
RSL Sub-branch Chaplain Rev Darrell McKeough delivered the Prayer for the Fallen before The Ode was recited by Lt. Col. Eric Richardson OAM (retired) who was a long time friend of Curley. This was followed by the Last Post and Reveille played by Claire Boone.
John Andrews then piped the interlude with Terry then delivering words of grateful remembrance before the National Anthem was sung and the conclusion of the service announced by Terry.
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