WHEN Peter Townsend bowed his head in silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, he thought of his grandfather, Private John Leak.

He'd heard stories of his grandfather's bravery in the First World War, he'd seen photos of him during the war and remembered the time his grandfather showed him his Victoria Cross medal.

Yesterday, Peter and his family were among those who turned out to the John Leak Memorial Remembrance Day service.

Peter, who made the drive in from Maryborough, had the honour of reciting the ode to the crowd before the minute silence.

Peter said it was a special day to remember his grandfather, the first Queenslander to be awarded the Victoria Cross, and other Australian soldiers.

"My family and I come to Rockhampton every Remembrance Day and Anzac Day," he said. "It was an honour to be there with my family and to pay tribute to my grandfather who fought in WWI. It's a place for me to come and not just remember him but to show respect for him and to everyone else for what they've done for us.

"My grandfather didn't really talk about his time in the war but he was very proud of his Victoria Cross medal that he was awarded for his bravery in France, that's something pretty special."

Corinne Mullen, Hailey Mullen, Peter Townsend and Yvonne Husmann. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Corinne Mullen, Hailey Mullen, Peter Townsend and Yvonne Husmann. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka


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