Last link lost

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

Albany’s last living link to the first Anzac dawn service was farewelled at a funeral service last week.

Joan Bayly died peacefully in her sleep, aged 94, on June 23.

She was six years old when she attended the first dawn service at Mt Clarence 85 years ago, becoming part of Australian history.

Mrs Bayly walked hand-in-hand with her father, James Atkinson Dodds, a veteran of WW1, as they followed Padre Arthur White up Mt Clarence on April 25, 1930.

She recalled the moment in an interview with the Albany Advertiser in 2015.

“It was very early in the morning and dark,” she said.

“I was holding my dad’s hand.

“Going up, I could hear them talking about a lot of soldiers and ships but I was more worried about the bushes scratching my legs and, when we got to the top, I was amazed there were no soldiers or ships.”

Mrs Bayly was farewelled at a funeral service last Friday.

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