Woodford Memorial Trees

On the 7th February, 1920, 14 members from the Woodford district met and formed the Woodford Branch of the R.S.S.A.I.L.A. (Returned Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Imperial League of Australia). The inaugural President was Mr V Burke. Over the following two months, memorial trees with plaques were planted along Archer Street in memory of those from Woodford who had paid the supreme sacrifice during World War One. At that time an Honour Board was placed in the Police Station embellished with the names of those from the area who had served. Later that same year, the ladies of Woodford started a ‘Lending Library’ in the hall in aid of the returned diggers. This group has changed its name several times since, later becoming the Woodford RSL Women’s Auxiliary and now the Citizen’s Auxiliary. In June 1924, Woodford’s first ‘Memorial Hall’ was built and later renamed the ‘Diggers Memorial Hall’. Hurricane lights were used to illuminate the facility as the township did not have electricity until well into the 1930s. World War Two saw the Woodford Volunteer Defence Corps formed which was trained under the guidance of local saddler, Mr. W. Cobb. Also formed was the Woodford/Villeneuve Light Horse Troop which saw service in World War Two as part of the 2/14th Light Horse Regiment. Many men and women from the Woodford District have served in the Australian Defence Force dating back to the Shearer’s Strike of 1891 to Korea, Vietnam, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. History has demonstrated that members of the Woodford community strongly supported their country in all theatres of conflict and proudly served under the Australian flag. Since 1990, a closer bonding has occurred between the Woodford RSL and other ex-service organizations such as the War Widows Guild, Legacy, Vietnam Veterans and the National Servicemen’s Association. These organisations have joined Woodford in increasing numbers at both ceremonial and social events. Membership of the Woodford Sub-Branch was at its highest in 1950 when it reached 44 members. Current membership is approximately 60. The Woodford Sub-Branch enjoys interacting and liaising with the community particularly with the three local schools with its Community Link Program. These schools are the Woodford, Delaney’s Creek and the Mount Mee State Schools. The Community Link Program is embraced to foster the ANZAC spirit amongst the students by encouraging involvement by remembering of our servicemen and women, past and present. The Woodford RSL Sub-Branch meets to conduct its Monthly General Meeting on the second Saturday of each month. The meetings are held at the RSL premises at 123 Archer Street, Woodford and commence at 0930. This is followed by fellowship. The Annual General Meeting is generally held on the second Saturday in March. There is no meeting in January.

Source –-Woodford Sub Branch Facebook.
Photo’s of the trees taken on 25.1.18
Compiled by – Donna Grigor Secretary Woodford Historical Society 2018

Beanland 1          Beanland 2Blake 1     Blake 2Bleakley 1     Bleakley 2Cochran 1     Cochran 2Cronk 1     Cronk 2Draper 1     Draper 2Eaton 1     Eaton 2French 1     French 2Jull 1     Jull 2Mackensen 1     Mackensen 2Martin 1     Martin 2Mountford 1     Mountford 2Osmond 1     Osmond 2  Petherbridge 1      Petherbridge 2Ross 1     Ross 2Scanni 1     Scannie 2Seccombe 1     Seccombe 2Smith 1     Smith 2Templeman 1     Templeman 2Thachter 1     Thatcher 2Wicks 1     Wicks 2Memorial Trees Map