Living memorial to soldiers

May 03, 2017

Son, Keith Warren, his niece Lexie Lond from Kyabram and Bob McClure from North Mooroopna.

The St Germains sugar gums.

A grand stand of sugar gums planted along Mooroopna-Echuca Rd has become a living memorial to two World War I diggers.

The brothers, George and Jack Warren, planted the row of native trees just prior to leaving to serve in the war.

George died in action at the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium in October 1917 and Jack, a gunner, returned to Australia in 1919.

Last week on Anzac Day, the brothers’ descendants visited the plaque which names the two men, after attending the Undera Anzac Day commemoration.

They included Jack’s son, Keith Warren, who is 91 and now lives in Kyabram.

His father was just a teenager when he planted out the sugar gums for more than a kilometre, bordering their sheep and cropping property at St Germains.

The family commissioned the plaque two years ago and erected it on the edge of the farm property, now owned by the Russell family, between the trees.

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