RSL aid for Cootamundra student’s military journey

REMEMBRANCE: RSL president Garry James (right) and vice-president Ken You with Oliver Litchfield (centre). Picture: Jacqui Vincent
REMEMBRANCE: RSL president Garry James (right) and vice-president Ken You with Oliver Litchfield (centre). Picture: Jacqui Vincent

The Cootamundra RSL Sub-Branch President Mr Garry James and Vice-President Mr Ken You presented Oliver Litchfield, ANZAC Ambassador with a donation towards his expenses on the Premiers ANZAC Ambassador Program trip to Beersheba as part of the Centenary of ANZAC that marks the 100 years.

The Premier's Anzac Ambassador's program is part of the Centenary of Anzac that marks the 100 years since 1914-1918 to 2014-2018.

Its main feature is the touring of six NSW High School students (three boys, three girls) to the historic battle sites and places of importance to Australia during the First World War.

The idea is for the ambassadors to gain first hand and practical experience of these sites.

This year, Oliver and five other students will be visiting historic sites in Beersheba and Israel and witnessing the re-enactment of the Charge of the 4th light horse brigade at Beersheba, the last Australian light horse charge in history.  

They will also visit Greece, Isle of Crete and Lemnos.

Oliver is using this great opportunity to learn more about our country’s military history and the sacrifices of its men and women during wartime.

He also wishes to find the grave of one of his ancestors who served and died with the light horse at Beersheba.

The trip leaves on October 24th from Sydney and returns on the 5th of November.

| Words by Jacqui Vincent