Warrnambool RSL to mark 100th year

Next week’s Anzac Day commemorations will have added significance in Warrnambool, as it will also mark the 100th anniversary of the city’s RSL sub-branch.

The Warrnambool RSL Sub-Branch was established on April 26, 1917.

Warrnambool RSL president John Miles.

Warrnambool RSL president John Miles.

Warrnambool RSL president John Miles said the 100th birthday was an important milestone.

“It’s a pretty special time,” he said.

Warrnambool RSL’s Merri Street base, which it moved into in 1976, is currently undergoing extensive renovations, expected to be finished later in the group’s centenary year.

Tuesday’s Anzac Day service will also mark the anniversary of the Korean War battle of Kapyong on April 22, 1951, in which 32 Anzac soldiers were killed and 59 wounded.

The Army Reserve will form the “catafalque party” (the group of four who take posts around the memorial column. Jonathan Moore, who has served in East Timor and Afghanistan and hails from Warrnambool, will be the guest speaker.

The city’s dawn service begins at 6am. A march and service begins at 10.45am.