MT EVELYN RSL FINDS LOST MILITARY ICON FOR UPPER YARRA
Many years ago the Mt Evelyn RSL was donated a plaque, which was assumed was from the Mt Evelyn Avenue of Honour, with the name Reuben Saxton on it. This plaque has sat on display for decades in the Mt Evelyn RSL clubrooms.
Recently further research was undertaken on the plaque.
Firstly we couldn’t understand why it looked different to the only other plaque from the Mt Evelyn Avenue of Honour – J Ellis – which is in the archives of the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.
Secondly there is no mention or record of Reuben Saxton being on the Mt Evelyn WWI lists.
Thirdly the military records of Reuben Saxton show he came from Gilderoy near Launching Place.
The Mt Evelyn RSL then contacted the Upper Yarra Museum and local military historian Bob Sutherland and discovered that Reuben Saxton is on the list of Launching Place WWI veterans.
More than that – they recognised the plaque as being from the Upper Yarra Avenue of Honour – in fact the only one known to be in existance.
This was then discussed with the members of the Mt Evelyn RSL who voted unanimously to donate the plaque to the Upper Yarra Museum – what we felt was it’s rightful home – where it could be on display for generations to come and for the community to appreciate.
Tonight members of the Mt Evelyn RSL met with the executive of the Upper Yarra Museum to donate the plaque into their care for safekeeping.
Reuben Saxton by the way was killed in action at Cape Helles on Gallipoli in 1915. His body was never recovered and he is remembered on the memorial at Cape Helles and the War Memorial at Yarra Junction.