TGS Honours Fallen Old Boys8th November 2018
In a fitting lead in to Remembrance Day on Sunday, 11 November, Toowoomba Grammar School is launching a unique website to honour its fallen Old Boys and ensure their valiant contribution to the country is not forgotten.
The concept was the brainchild of TGS Cadet Officer Ann Hallam who attended countless School ANZAC Services where Old Boys were recognised but they were ‘just a name’ read out. Mrs Hallam wanted to know about their connections and the full story of these brave young men who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Toowoomba Grammar School has sadly had 188 Old Boys die during various wars, including one in each of the Boer War (South Africa), Vietnam War, Korean War and Afghanistan, 62 Old Boys’ died in WWI and 122 in WWII.
Mrs Hallam thought a website would be a fitting tribute to ensure these sacrifices were not forgotten and could be easily shared with the wider community.
In June 2017 Ann started work on the website. Her dedication, along with that of a number of volunteers and the assistance of two historian/researchers, Eddie Habben and Greg Lamerton, has seen the project finally come to fruition.
The website links to a variety of other research engines such as the Australian War Memorial Honour Roll, the National Australian Archives Service Records and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The project has been funded by a grant from the Queensland ANZAC Centenary Grant program and the Toowoomba Grammar School Old Boy’s Association
The school will officially launch the website in TGS Old Hall at 10:00am on Saturday, 10 November at a service which the public is welcome to attend.