Helen Smith and Patricia Reed , will remember their parents Jeffery and Eileen Morcom on wed. pic at sawtell memorial. 09 November 2015. Photo Trevor Veale/Coffs Coast Advocate
Helen Smith and Patricia Reed , will remember their parents Jeffery and Eileen Morcom on wed. pic at sawtell memorial. 09 November 2015. Photo Trevor Veale/Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Family unites to remember

THREE sisters are uniting from around the country at the Sawtell 'Lyle Rose' Memorial Park for Remembrance Day to honour their late parents who served. 

Patricia Reed and her sisters, Helen Smith and Lyle Barnes have come together see their late father Jeffery Morcom, an ex-serviceman, honoured for his service by erecting a dedicatory plaque onto the memorial wall. 

The ex-serviceman, was honoured for his service with dedicatory plaque on the memorial wall.

It will be a very special day for the family, with Jeffrey's plaque to be placed beside the plaque of his wife and ex-servicewoman Eileen Morcom, who died in 2007.

The ceremony will take place after the initial Remembrance Day proceedings to commemorate returned servicemen and women.

Mr and Mrs Morcom were both privates during the Second World War - Jeffrey was in transport in the 132nd division as an ambulance driver and Eileen was in munitions.

Their daughter Helen Smith said it was a lovely arrangement the Sawtell RSL Club had established to commemorate returned people like her parents.

"It's very significant to have the two of them together because they didn't want to be buried," she said.

Patricia said the ceremony would provide a sense of closure to her parents' lives.

"It's a full circle completion for the family. They loved this place - it's very satisfying," Patricia said.

She and her sisters were all born and raised in Coffs Harbour.

Patricia returned to the area to look after her father until he died in Toormina in 2012.



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