COMMEMORATION: Roma commemorates Anzac Day, 2017, with services at Queen's Park.
COMMEMORATION: Roma commemorates Anzac Day, 2017, with services at Queen's Park. Marguerite Cuddihy

From Gallipoli to Roma

JACK Clancy had a miraculous start to his 20th birthday.

In the first light of August 11, 1915, the Roma man landed on the shores of Suvla Bay, in Gallipoli, surviving the Turkish onslaught to make it to the Battle of Lone Pine that afternoon.

INSET: Veteran Jack Clancy.
INSET: Veteran Jack Clancy.

This was the first of many battles for Jack, born John Patrick Clancy, who became Roma's oldest surviving Gallipoli war veteran.

Jack, a trooper in the Fourth Brigade 11th Light Horse, was later involved in the Battle of Beersheba, surviving the infamous charge after his horse was shot from under him.

He was stationed in Alexandria when Turkey signed the Armistice in 1918, and returned to Australia soon after on the SSBallarat.

Some years later, Jack and his wife, Valonna, moved to Roma, where he became a well-loved member of the community.

Resident Sylvia Mitchell remembered Jack fondly.

"He used to drive the first school bus in the area, picking up kids from the Eumamurrin area and bringing them into Roma,” she said.

"He was a terrific guy, all of the children absolutely loved him.”

Jack passed away peacefully at Pinaroo in 1991, survived by his two sons, Mel and Glyn.

Up until his passing, Jack lead the Roma Anzac Day parade and now his legacy is commemorated during the service.

The Roma dawn service will be held at the cenotaph on Bungil St from 4.15am, on Wednesday.

The march for the main parade will start from Station St at 9.30am.

There will also be an Anzac Day service at the Roma Cemetery from 7am.

This will be a short service in honour of service personnel buried in the Roma Cemetery, conducted by David Cooper at the Roma Cemetery Cenotaph.


ANZAC Day services will be held throughout the region on Wednesday, April 25 at the following times and locations.


8.30am: March commences outside the Amby Shire Hall (please form prior to this time)

8.45am: Service at the Cenotaph.

INJUNE 6am: Dawn Service at Gunnewin Soldier Settlement, Carnarvon Highway followed by breakfast 6am: Dawn Service at Cenotaph, Injune Memorial Hall

10am: March commences in Station St (please assemble from 9.45am)

10.30am: Service at Injune Memorial Hall.


10am: Service at Old Play Shed, followed by refreshments (please bring a plate to share).


8.30am: Service at Mungallala Memorial Hall, Redford St (please assemble from 8.15am).


6am: Dawn Service at Mitchell Memorial Park, Cambridge St 10.30am: March commences outside Mitchell Shire Hall, Cambridge St (please assemble from 10am)

11am: Service at the Cenotaph, Mitchell Memorial Park, Cambridge St.


6.00am: Rising Sun Dawn Service at Cenotaph followed by breakfast at the Muckadilla Hall.


4.15am: Dawn Service at the Cenotaph on Bungil St. Returned service members to gather at RSL Hall from 4am.

9.30am: March commences on Station St and concludes at the Cenotaph (please assemble from 9am)

10am: Service commences at Cenotaph. At the conclusion of the ceremony, refreshments and lunch will be served in the RSL Hall for returned service members, widows and invited guests

11am: Commencing at the Cenotaph, a dedication will be held for the addition of 3 new plaques and the upgrade of 87 plaques in Heroes Avenue. This project was funded by the Queensland Anzac Centenary program.


Tuesday, 24 April

6.00pm for 6:30pm: Anzac Eve Dinner at the New Royal Hotel, Burrowes St.

Wednesday, 25 April

11.30am: Assemble for March at Council Chambers on Burrowes St

12 noon: Service at Surat Memorial Park, Marcus St.


5.45am: Dawn Service at Yuleba War Memorial, Stephenson St

9am: March commences at Yuleba Memorial Hall (please assemble from 8.45am)

9.15am: Service at Yuleba War Memorial, Stephenson St

10am: Morning tea at Yuleba Memorial Hall (please bring a plate to share).


10am: Service at Yuleba Creek School. Bring a chair and meat for a BBQ lunch.

Fun fest kids are happy campers

Fun fest kids are happy campers

School holiday activities appreciated by Roma kids.

Jockeys ride into history

Jockeys ride into history

Extensive book remembers Bassett Park deaths

More than a memory

More than a memory

Pinaroo Roma Inc. receives a $250,000 grant.