Lock remembers namesake of town

The Lock Museum and Lock Area School last week commemorated the life of Sergeant Albert Lock, whom the town Lock is named after.

Sergeant Albert Lock was killed in action and died from wounds in WWI in the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium on October 9 1917.

In 1914, land was first offered for settlement and the town was known as Terre Siding.

It was renamed Lock on March 7, 1918 to honour Albert Lock’s war service.

Sergeant Albert Lock is the only known WWI soldier to be honoured in Australia by having a town named after him.

The year 9/10 students opened the commemoration, reading narratives of Lock’s life with dramatic readings of primary sources from family and friends, followed by the ode which was read by Richard Saunders, who is a second cousin to Albert Lock. 

The museum was open to public with a display of war memorabilia including medals, photographs, original letters more than 100 years old and trench art.

Also on display was the Dead man’s Penny of a local community member’s relative, who was killed in WWI and a scroll from King George V, including the original packing. 

The Dead Man’s Penny is a commemorative medallion, which was presented to the next-of-kin of the men and women who died during WWI. 

Richard Saunders unveiled the commemorative display of Sgt Lock.