Honour Avenues Group
Thursday 7 dec 2017
Another 50 plaques were dedicated in 2017.
| By Mike Harness - Highgate RSL Sub-Branch and Honour Avenues Group Member
Our final ceremony for 2017 saw 12 more memorial plaques dedicated at May Circle in Kings Park.
This brings to 50 commemorations for service personnel who enlisted in Western Australia, died overseas on active service and are buried overseas or have no known grave.
The first Honour Avenue in Kings Park was dedicated to 404 fallen soldiers in August 1919 on the 5th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. The responsibility of maintenance was delegated to the RSL's West Perth Sub-Branch, now known as the Highgate RSL Sub-Branch.
RSLWA accepted responsibility for the maintenance and preservation of the plaques in 1922.
The Honour Avenue Committee was formed in 1948, following the dedication of over 300 World War II plaques in Lovekin Drive. There are now more than 1,700 plaques along Honour Avenues in Kings Park.
Dedication ceremonies are held four times a year for plaques approved by the Honour Avenues Group. There is a limit of 12 additional plaques per dedication ceremony.
| Photo: [L-R] Mike Harness, Dick Jones, Barry Campbell, John Homer, Helen Birch, Norm Manners, Norm Coleman, Chris Chapple, Barry Eather, Ken Jones, Doug Farmer and Rod Halcombe. Photo Credit: Norman Coleman.
|| Photo: Adam Lynch accepting the plaque as the great, great, great nephew of Private Alfred R Witheridge. Photo Credit: D. Nicolson.
||| Photo: Mel Deller and Pat Griffen accepting the plaque as the niece in laws of Private Arthur Forth. Photo Credit: D. Nicolson.