YOUNG Assumption School student Audrey Kelly will be carrying more than war medals when she takes part in the Anzac Day march this Thursday.
She will also be carrying the memory of her great-great-uncle, Norman Joseph Rafferty, a World War Two prisoner of war whose name is in one of the stained glass windows at Stannies.
"My brothers have marched previously with my grandfather's medals, but I don't think anyone has marched with Norman's medals," Audrey's mum Bernice said this week.
"Because Norman, when he went to war, was a young man, wasn't married and didn't have children, he doesn't have those direct descendants to carry on his memory and his service.
"Now that all his immediate family are no longer with us, I think it's up to us, the nieces and nephews and the other generations, to keep his memory alive.
"And sadly, there would be so many young men like that: who died at war and did not get to have their own family."
Mr Rafferty, who died from illness on October 14, 1942 while a prisoner of war in Burma, grew up in Springwood in the Blue Mountains, but went to school at Stannies.
"World War Two would have broken out a couple of years after he left school and he was back in Bathurst at the barracks before he went to war," Mrs Kelly said.
Mrs Kelly and her husband moved to Bathurst seven years ago and Audrey, 6, is the first in the family to go to school in the city since Mr Rafferty.
"It was only that I saw in the Assumption newsletter that the RSL has invited Assumption students to march in the parade that it occurred to me for Audrey to march and then Mum suggested Norman's medals," she said.
"We thought it was quite fitting given that it's in Bathurst. It's where he went to school, it's where he was before he went to the war."
Mrs Kelly said Audrey's little brother Joe (whose name comes from Mr Rafferty's middle name) might one day march with the medals as well.
Audrey said she would like to go to Stannies and see her great-great-uncle's "big window".