Gunnedah-brothers honour the Anzacs

On Tuesday 21 April, brothers Jack and Bill Hyem, boarders at The Scots College from Gunnedah NSW, will take part in The Gallipoli 100 race in Turkey; an event commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli by the Anzacs. The two-day race from Eceabat; the closest town to the Gallipoli battlefields; will arrive at Brighton Beach near Anzac Cove at the same time on Wednesday 22 April, honouring the many lost lives of our ancestors.

Both enthusiastic pipers in the Scots' award-winning Pipes and Drums, Jack and Bill will play their bagpipes on the trip as a tribute to their Australian forefathers. "I am looking forward to performing in honour of the fallen Anzac soldiers at the commemorations," Jack said.

With a family history embedded in the services, the Hyems have proudly attended local Anzac Day celebrations since Jack and Bill were young. Mrs Monique Hyem, the boys' mother, said, "Over the years we have witnessed the Dawn Service in Gunnedah grow exponentially with a noticeable change in the demographics of those attending. Now, there is a large amount of young people who pay their respects."

"Both Jack and Bill have always shown an interest in the history of their grandfathers who served in World War II and in the Anzac traditions. It is great to see that the younger generations are curious about their past."

"We are delighted that the boys approached us about the trip. It is a great opportunity for them to share an experience that will broaden their outlook on the events that forged the Anzac legend," she added.

Growing up in a country home, the brothers went to board at The Scots College, a year apart, in Year 7. "We do everything together; we live together at the College; and to be able to go overseas to Gallipoli with my brother will be an experience we will never forget," Bill said.

After gaining their full highlands, the brothers are expected to perform in next year's Annual Parade of Remembrance; a public event honouring the sacrifice of Old Boys and staff who have served the country. The brothers are also expected to march in the largest Anzac parade in the state next year, led by The Scots College Pipes and Drums.

Mr John Crerar, Deputy Principal at The Scots College, said, "We are proud to be sending a Scots crew to Gallipoli to trace the historical context that is so significant to our country. The Gallipoli 100 will unify generations of Australians."

If you would like to attend the 2015 Annual Parade of Remembrance on Sunday 17 May, please contact Event Manager, Ms Rachel Kurenda on +61 2 9391 7782 for more information.