Pictured: Ian Downes from Kiama Municipal Council’s outdoor staff, left, with Wilma Glasson, friend of the late Gordon Grellman, and Kiama-Jamberoo RSL president Ian Pullar at the Memorial Arch, which is being updated. Credit: DYLAN ROBINSON
The Kiama-Jamberoo RSL has begun updating the honour rolls on the Kiama Memorial Arch to honour all the soldiers who have served Australia, including those in recent conflicts such as East Timor.
Kiama-Jamberoo RSL secretary Dennis Seage said: "We are going to update the arch, with names to be put on black granite tablets."
However, first the RSL wants to make sure that no-one has been overlooked and wants that message spread across the region.
"There have been people who slipped through in the past, but we are exhausting all avenues possible this time around," Mr Seage said.
"People just have to have enlisted or been conscripted while a resident of Kiama or Jamberoo prior to being deployed to have their name added to the arch."
Meantime, the RSL is also calling for names for the new Wall of Remembrance that has been built beside the arch by Kiama Municipal Council.
On the wall, families can honour deceased relatives, regardless of where they lived and when they served.
The idea of the Wall of Remembrance came about when Bill Florance asked whether his late father, Terry, could be honoured in some way for his contribution to the Kiama-Jamberoo RSL.
Kiama-Jamberoo RSL president Ian Pullar said Mr Florance's idea had merit and his branch decided to create the wall.
"Terry Florance gave many years of dedicated service to the RSL after moving to Kiama and was particularly active on the welfare front," he said.
"Members like him deserve to be remembered. He also served in New Guinea during World War II."
The wall will be named after Gordon Grellman, who died in 2009.
Mr Grellman's war service was well known because he flew Lancaster bombers in World War II, Mr Pullar said.
"In fact, he was so famous that the cap he used to wear on all his missions is now in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
"His contribution locally simply can't be overlooked. He was well known as postmaster at Minnamurra Post Office and worked tirelessly for Legacy. We really couldn't have wanted a better example of the RSL."
Mr Grellman's long-time friend, Wilma Glasson, said she was thrilled by the gesture to name the wall in his honour.
"He was such a humble man, and I am sure he would be delighted to think he has been honoured in this way by the RSL," she said.
Anyone who would like a name added to the arch should write to the RSL, PO Box 34, Kiama.
For the Wall of Remembrance, forms are available from Kiama Council.
Solid bronze plaques cost $130, payable to the council once the applications are authorised by the RSL.