St Patrick’s College students remember the fallen

A local Catholic girl’s school has again honoured the Protestant Diggers buried next to it.

St Patrick’s College at Campbelltown was one of many schools across Macarthur that held packed Anzac Day assemblies in the past week.

After the formal event, a contingent of students with wreaths in hand placed them at the headstones of Stephen Longhurst and Herbert ’Snowy’ Kitching in the old Methodist/Congregationalist cemetery next to the college.

Longhurst was killed at Bullecourt in 1917 and is buried in France, but named on a family headstone, and Kitching was gassed in 1917 and died shortly after his return from the war, in 1920.

Special guests included Advertiser columnist Jeff McGill, who delivered an address, Macarthur federal MP Dr Michael Freelander and Walter Robinson from Campbelltown RSL. Also in attendance was the family of student Amelia Aguiar, who has been awarded a special scholarship to tour the Western Front battlefields later this year.

Lest we forget.