Special remembrance for two fallen soldiers

Special remembrance for two fallen soldiers

Private Head’s relative Kenneth Head, councillor Pierre Yang, private James Webster’s relatives Anne and Philipa Webster, Gosnells RSL members Harry Rosielle, Fred Batt, Fred Flor and Stuart Holmes at the Centennial Pioneer Park, Gosnells. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

Gosnells councillor Pierre Yang’s proposed motion to name two new roads in the Southern River Business Park after two fallen soldiers was successfully carried at the council meeting on October 25.

A member of the Gosnells RSL and former vice president of the branch Mr Yang said the motion was designed to recognise the soldier’s ultimate sacrifice for their country.

“I was brought to the attention of this issue by Harry Rosielle of the Gosnells RSL,” he said.

“I felt a sense of duty to do everything I could to assist.”

Mr Yang said private Allen James Head from Gosnells was a member of 1 RAR who was killed in action in 1952 in Korea at the age of 19.

“The other solider was private James Clifton Webster,” he said.

“He was from Orange Grove and died at the age of 22 in Vietnam when he was killed by a VC land mine.”

Mr Yang said the names Head and Webster should be endorsed by the council and forwarded to the Geographic Names Committee for approval.

“After consulting with members of the Gosnells RSL and the CEO of the City of Gosnells, we moved the motion,” he said.

“The City of Gosnells, when its Southern River Business Park is developed, will submit the names of Head and Webster for two streets within the Business Park.

“This is a formal commitment to honour and commemorate these two soldiers who paid the ultimate price whilst serving Australia and its people.”