Heroes immortalised

2000 people attend unveiling of VC soldier statues

HISTORY MADE: Honouring Our Heroes committee members (back left) John Tubb, Rob Asquith, Charles Arnold, Fred Wawrzik and Paul Rieusset; (front left) Colleen Furlanetto, John Sullivan, Peter Noye, His Excellency, the Honourable Alex Chernov QC, Governor of Victoria, Mrs Elizabeth Chernov, Neville Harris, Brian Bamford, Margaret Cavanagh, Bec Noye and Jeff Starkey at the VC Memorial Park official opening on Sunday in Euroa. PHOTO: Peter Ward

OVER six years ago, a group of like-minded Euroa residents came together to devise a plan to honor three of the region’s Victoria Cross (VC) recipients.

One of those residents, Peter Noye, discovered just how unique it was that Euroa and district had three VCs, soldiers who were awarded the prestigious accolade after losing their lives fighting in World War 1.

Bronze statues immortalising these soldiers, Corporal Alexander Stewart Burton, Lieutenant (later Major) Frederick Harold Tubb and Lieutenant Leslie Cecil Maygar, as well as storyboards about their history, were unveiled at the VC Memorial Park in Euroa on Sunday with almost 2000 people in attendance.

Among those people was His Excellency, the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria, as well as, Mrs Elizabeth Chernov.

The Governor spoke at the official opening and also assisted with the unveiling of the three statues.

During World War I, Lt Tubb and Cpl Burton earned the Victoria Cross at Lone Pine in August 1915.

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