A piece of community history has been returned to the Scotts Creek/Cowleys Creek Community Hall in time for the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Day.
Heytesbury District Historical Society secretary Gavan Deppeler said it was important to return the World War I honour roll to a prominent place at the hall.
"It's a mark of respect to have this hanging here in the hall," Mr Deppeler said
"There is still family members from the honour roll around the place."
"We always knew it was gone, following a bushfire in March 1948. There hasn't been one here for over seventy years."
I think it's important as a mark of respect to remember themGavan Deppeler
"The fire was heading towards the town so they didn't worry about the hall and went to save the shop and the school. Then the fire turned around the corner and burnt the hall."
"We always wanted to redo the board, it has been on the back burner for a while, and then the Federal Government 'Saluting their service' grants came up, so we applied in March and we got the grant."
"We received the grant in August 2019."
Mr Deppeler said he was fortunate enough to find a mahogany mirror frame in Camperdown.
"I saw the frame and thought 'that looks about the right size', but I wasn't sure about the size of the writing or if the style would fit," he said.
"I rang (Camperdown signwriter) Ian Currell and ran it by him. He said it would be ok and he was happy to be involved.
"I said 'you had better, your family is on the board as well'.
"Ian agreed to reproduce the board exactly because the word 'honour' is spelt 'honor', it must have been cheaper one letter short.
"Luckily there were photos of the original, (the picture) has been floating around the Historical Society for ages.
"We wanted to get it all done by Remembrance Day, even though there will be no service it's just nice to have it here."
Mr Deppeler said four of his family members were listed on the honour roll for their service during World War I.
"The four Leitchs are my great uncles and aunts, they were in Cowleys Creek when the war started," he said.
"One uncle Dugald Leitch lost a leg at Pozieres. He served in the Boer War, then the First World War, and then in Grandad's Army in Perth during World War II.
"When Dugald was lying wounded on the Somme, his brother Peter walked past him with shell-shock and didn't see him lying there or recognise him.
"My two aunts, sisters Magaret and Nelila Leitch, served as nurses on hospital ships and at the Doolally transit station in India."
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