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The Story of The Ode

The RSL member who contributed this information added the following comment:

“I sat very quietly for some time when I first read this and reflected on the great loss of life for not only the UK but all sides in WW1.

It is a fact that per capita, Australia lost more young soldiers than any other country. Considering her small population Australia sacrificed much and many.”

English poet Laurence Binyon, overwhelmed by the carnage and loss of life by British and Allied forces in World War 1, penned one of the most moving tributes the world has known to our war dead.

Titled; For the Fallen, the ode first appeared in The Times of London on September 21, 1914.

It has now become known in Australia as the Ode of Remembrance, and the fourth verse (below) is read at dawn services and other ANZAC tributes.

At Returned Sevicemens' Clubs throughout Australia, members observe one minute's silence each night at 9 PM. 

The verse is recited in memory of those who died. It is followed by the response, "Lest we forget".


They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Returned and Services League

Brinkworth Koolunga Sub-branch of the Returned Sailor’s and Soldier’s Imperial League of Australia received its charter of membership in 1919, just three years after the establishment of the national organisation. In 1946 it became the Brinkworth, Koolunga and Yacka Sub-branch.

Unfortunately the Ladies Auxiliary that was formed in 1958 is no longer active. It was closed down in 2008.


The Anzac Day Dawn Service is now a major event for the Brinkworth, Koolunga, Yacka RSL

It is getting larger each year and we hope that this will increase as the years go on. 2015 will mark 100 years since the landing of our Troops at Gallipoli so the 25th of April will be a big day for RSL Clubs all over Australia 

We also run a raffle to raise funds for the upkeep to the RSL Club. The raffle is drawn after the ANZAC Day Dawn Service breakfast.

The following article appeared in the Northern Argus:

RSL LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARDED TO MURRAY BURNLEY- by Deb Werhmann, Northern Argus correspondent.

The Brinkworth/Koolunga/Yacka branch of the RSL wound up 2006 with a celebratory dinner at the Junction Hotel at Brinkworth, Thursday December 7.

The dinner is an annual occasion on the RSL calendar but this year was even more special when respected member Murray Burnley of Brinkworth was presented with his life membership from RSL State vice president, Will Clough.

Mr Burnley enlisted with the Royal Australian Navy in 1940, at the age of 17, with the consent of his parents and a Justice of the Peace and, after serving overseas for almost four years, He joined the Balaklava branch of the RSL. He then joined the Brinkworth/Koolunga/Yacka branch in 1953 when he moved to Brinkworth with his wife, Shirley.

Highly regarded amongst fellow RSL members and the Brinkworth community, Mr Burnley has been a dedicated member, continuing to serve the RSL with intense dignity and pride, which lead him to be presented with his life membership. At the end of December he completed his 14th consecutive balance sheet in his role as secretary/treasurer. Prior to fulfilling that position he was president for three years and was also instrumental in orchestrating the building of the Brinkworth clubrooms in 1957.

Not usually known for being stuck for words, an emotional Mr Burnley humbly accepted his presentation from Mr Clough in front of friends and colleagues at the dinner.

Mr Burnley’s life membership was the first to be presented to a member of the Brinkworth/Koolunga/Yacka branch purely in recognition for services rendered to his local branch and the RSL, and is one that is truly well deserved.

Mr Clough resides at Riverton and presented the life membership on behalf of the RSL National Executive at Canberra.


Mr Adams enlisted with the Australian Imperial Forces on the 23rd April 1941 at the age of 21. He did all of his training (4 months) at Woodside just outside Adelaide S.A. He was then sent to Melbourne where he and his unit, the 2/10 Reinforcement Battalion, embarked on an old Dutch troopship for the Middle East. After a trip of 3 weeks his unit disembarked at Port Suez in Egypt.

After a campaign of 20 months in the Middle East, Squid returned to Australia for 3 weeks well earned leave. On completion of his leave he was then sent to fight in New Guinea to the North of Australia.

He was in New Guinea for approx 5 months and then returned to Australia and was discharged from the service in Oct 1944, as his father was not well and was running the farm with one of Squid's brothers and finding it very difficult to manage.

Squid served in the Army for 1167 days, 743 of these being outside Australia.

Squid joined the Brinkworth Koolunga Yacka RSL in 1944 and has been a member to this day.

He was President of the club in the 1960s.

Mr Clough also presented Squid with his Life Membership at the Christmas Dinner in 2008 and Squid was lost for words as he did not know he was to be presented with this honour.

Mr Clough presented the life membership on behalf of the RSL National Executive at Canberra.


On 18th August Brinkworth Koolunga Yacka RSL Sub Branch holds its annual Vietnam Veterans Day.

Contact Details:

Persons interested in joining the Sub-branch or hire the RSL Hall facility can obtain additional information by contacting:

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