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ANZAC spirit lives on

Thursday, 21st April, 2011

HONOURING DAD: Valerie Fay, 66, will be marching on behalf of her WWI veteran father on Monday. HONOURING DAD: Valerie Fay, 66, will be marching on behalf of her WWI veteran father on Monday.

By Kurtis Eichler

Broken Hill born Valerie Fay has returned to the city to walk in the ANZAC Day march in honour of her father, who served his country in two World Wars.

Ms Fay's father, David George Horwood was born in South Australia in 1886 and moved to Broken Hill in 1911 with his first wife to work at the Zinc Plant.

It wasn't until 1916 when Mr Horwood was 30 years old that his army career began, when he enlisted for the war at the Keswick Barracks in Adelaide.

"In September he sailed out of Adelaide into Egypt and then went on and took part in the Gallipoli campaign," Ms Fay told the BDT.

The soldier's mission was to take injured servicemen from Gallipoli to the small Greek island of Lemnos for treatment.

Later he suffered three gun shot wounds, and was held hostage in a German concentration camp where he stayed until the end of the war.

Some 21 years later Horwood found himself involved the Second World War, though this time around he served his country without leaving its shores.

Ms Fay was born in 1944 when her father was 58 and left Broken Hill 1976. Her father died in 1968 aged 82.

"Broken Hill was the only place my father took part in ANZAC Day ceremonies," she said.

"I can remember with pride as a child catching the bus on ANZAC Day to go to see my dad march."

She said her return to the city to honour her father in the parade was one more task she could cross off her "bucket list".

"I always thought I would come back one day to do it," said Ms Fay, who still has relatives in Broken Hill.

Whilst in the city, she hopes to trace her family history and has made several visits to the Family History Group in search for information.

Ms Fay said another of her wishes would be to attend the 100th ANZAC Day service in Gallipoli.

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