Beaudesert pauses at Central Place war memorial for Remembrance Day ceremony

HUNDREDS of people paused to pay their respects to the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during times of conflict at a respectful Remembrance Day ceremony in the heart of Beaudesert.

Veterans, school children and members of the Beaudesert RSL and Rural Fire Brigade were among those that laid wreaths at town's heritage listed war memorial on William Street to remember our fallen heroes.

Today marks 101 years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front and the armistice was signed to put an unconditional end to more than four years of continuous fighting.

It is believed about 60,000 Australians lost their lives during World War I.

Bev and Ian McDougall, who helped form Beaudesert's National Servicemen's Association, visited the war memorial to pay their respects to two family members who were lost in battle.

Mr McDougall said his uncle John Francis McDougall, who lived in Beaudesert, fought in World War I and was killed in Belgium during the Battle of Messines.

His name is on Menin gate, a war memorial dedicated to British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient - the site of the war's biggest battles.

"To have his name on there is a great honour," Mrs McDougall said.

Mr McDougall's youngest uncle Donald McDougall was killed in battle by an allied bomber during World War II.

Both their names are engraved on the Beaudesert War Memorial.

Mr McDougall and his wife said they had visited the Central Place service every year.

Mrs McDougall said her husband was extremely proud of his uncles.

"He put both sets of medals on today," she said. "That is how proud he is."

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