OLIVER Sladdin of Bonnie Doon has been chosen as one of 80 students from across Victoria to attend the 2015 Anzac Day Gallipoli commemorative tour.
State Premier Denis Napthine last week named the 80 students and 14 teacher chaperones selected from across the state to represent Victoria at the 2015 Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli.
Dr Napthine said the service would mark the 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Anzac Cove on April 25 in 1915, and would be an incredible experience for the group.
A thrilled Oliver said he felt honored to have been selected from more than 630 students who applied to take part in the tour.
“The tour will help me to understand better what my ancestors went through,” he said.
Oliver’s two great grandfathers, Oliver Sladdin and Abner Clough, both fought on the Western Front in France during the WWI.
“I was named after my great grandfather – I am his namesake,” Oliver said.