Reverence: Anzac-themed jerseys and hoodies made for Dudley Magpies Rugby League Football Club. Pictured are Pierce Ruddell, Koby Bridges, Tim Dresser, Josh Kevill, Nandor Smith and David Lindsay. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers Dudley locals will wear specially-made footy jerseys and hoodies to honour the Diggers on Anzac Day.
The coastal town’s rugby league club ordered the gear for players, members and the public.
“A lot of people will wear themat the Anzac Dayservice at the Dudley monument,”Dudley Rugby League Football Club member Nandor Smith said.
The players will also wear the jerseys at the club’s next home game.
Nandor had jerseys, shorts and hoodies made, after drawing inspiration from the Anzac jerseys of NRL clubs.
“Ilike the idea of history and people showing respect to the blokes who didn’t come home and the reason why Australia is what it is now,” he said.
“It gives them blokes a legacy and it gives something extra forthe players to play for.”
Printed on the jerseys and hoodies are the names of World War I soldiers on the Dudley war memorial.
On the sleeves are the names oftwoVictoria Crossrecipients,Clarence Jeffries and William Curry.
Both menattendedDudley Public School.
Dudley War Memorial Trust chairmanDavid Lindsay saiditwas known as the only school in the old British Empire to havetwo Victoria Cross winners.
“Anofficialwar historian remarked that for such a small community and such a small school, it was amazing how many pupils from Dudley ended up serving [in World War II],” Mr Lindsay said.
“Many of them hadlost their fathers when the Dudley Pit blew up [in 1898].”
The mine disaster took 15 lives.
David said some of the sons of these men“went on to serve and lost their own lives in war”.
Nandor said the Dudley Anzac Day service had “taken off over the last few years”.
“It’s getting bigger and bigger. When I first went 10 or so years ago, there wereprobably 20 people,” he said.
“Last year there weremore than 1000 people. They have to close the roads now.”
Memorial Surf Boat The first surf boat at Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club honoured the Diggers.
A few years after Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club was founded, 30 of its members fought in World War I.
Club member John Mayo said “nine members didn’t come back”.
The club’s first surf boat [pictured],launched in1922,was known as the SCAWDAM.
SCAWDAM represents the first letters of the surnames of thosenineclub members.
Theclub memorial, which overlooksBar Beach, lists the names of these members.
John said a club surf boat launched in 2016 was named after life member Robert “Beans” Young.
Fittingly, the boat’s bow was giventhe SCAWDAM name to create atradition.
The boat marked the 100-year anniversary of the first two club members to fall. Alf Smith and Ted Malcolm were killed in the Battle of Fromelles.