Tintenbar's servicemen honoured with new book

IAN Kirkland has created a particularly special tribute to all those from the former Tintenbar Shire who served in the First World War.

IAN KIRKLAND: It’s to pay tribute to local men ... put a name to all those initials on honour rolls.
IAN KIRKLAND: It’s to pay tribute to local men ... put a name to all those initials on honour rolls.

The Alstonville Plateau Historical Society member was partnered by Alison Draper in producing the book: 'They served us well: WWI service personnel of Tintenbar Shire'.

There are more than 800 biographies and photos of the people from that shire who enlisted. Tintenbar Shire took in most of the current Ballina Shire, excluding Ballina township itself, before an amalgamation in the 1970s.

Mr Kirkland and Ms Draper researched the biographies from honour rolls in the area over the past two-and-a-half years.

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The project was instigated by former Alstonville Public School teacher and Ballina mayor David Wright, who asked for research to be done on the 100 names listed on the honour roll at the school.

Mr Kirkland himself remembers as a child wondering about the names on the honour roll at Pearces Creek hall, and that motivated the book.

"It's written for adults and children," Mr Kirkland said.

"It's to pay tribute to local men - put a name to all those initials on honour rolls."

The honour rolls came from local schools, churches and community halls.

The biographies include the date of birth of the service person, their parents' names, what they did before they enlisted, where they enlisted and some details of what they did if they returned from the war.

Mr Kirkland said about one in six men from the Tintenbar Shire didn't come home.

He said identifying some of the men from the initials on honour rolls was a bit tricky, adding some men were not known by their real name, or they had changed their name.

Three honour rolls couldn't be located, those from South Ballina, Pimlico and Wollongbar schools.

The book will be launched by Brigadier Dr Brian Pezzutti on April 19 at 2pm at the Alstonville RSL Sub-Branch hall in Bugden Ave.