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Scaled down ceremonies mark Cowra Breakout anniversary

While this year's Cowra Breakout anniversary commemorations were on a smaller scale compared to 2019, a number of residents and special guests took part in ceremonies marking the occasion on Wednesday.

This year's commemorations also featured a visit from Blayney's Paul Hancock, the grandson of Sergeant Thomas Roy Hancock, who died as a result of injuries sustained while assisting with patrol efforts following the Breakout.

Mr Hancock said it was wonderful that his grandfather was given recognition for his service.

"I think it is great and a testament to the [Breakout] committee here to get that recognition," he said.

"He was genuinely coming to meet the call out to come across and help do his bit for Australia.

"I'd like to thank the committee for the work they've done and the tireless work in getting recognition both here in Cowra, as well as down in Canberra at the War Memorial."

Mr Hancock said his grandfather had a love for the land, owning a property called "Kings Plains" near Blayney, where generations of his family, including Paul have resided to this day.

He said Thomas was a successful stud poultry breeder, but also loved animals and his garden and, as a result, created a wreath made of gum tree leaves and wattles from the farm in honour of his grandfather.

Wreath laying ceremonies were also held at the Italian monument, Australian War Cemetery and Japanese War Cemetery, with dignitaries such as His Excellency, Mr Reiichiro Takahashi, Colonel Yuki Kimura, Cowra councillors and members of the Cowra RSL sub-Branch also in attendance on the day.