Mayor of Sunshine Coast Mark Jamieson on hand as March remembers Second World War hero Jim Hocking who saved town

PUBLISHED: 17:04 27 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:26 27 May 2015

Sunshine Coast mayor visiting March. Sunshine coast Mayor Mark Jamieson with Lily Rose Keenoy and Lewis Howe from Cavalry school and Cllr Carol Cox..Picture: Steve Williams.

Sunshine Coast mayor visiting March. Sunshine coast Mayor Mark Jamieson with Lily Rose Keenoy and Lewis Howe from Cavalry school and Cllr Carol Cox..Picture: Steve Williams.

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The Mayor of the Sunshine Coast in Australia made a 10,000 mile trip to pay his respects to one of his countrymen, Second World War hero Jim Hocking, today.

On July 28 1944, the 21 year old pilot, who was born in Nambour in Queensland, sacrificed his life to protect the people of March.

He ordered his crew to jump from the burning Stirling Bomber and stayed at the controls to make sure the plane, with a heavy load of fuel, did not destroy the town.

During his brief stay in Fenland, Mayor Mark Jamieson visited March and District Museum, where Mr Hocking’s uniform and war medals are on display.

While he was there, he marvelled at a display of letters and drawings by Year 5 Cavalry School pupils who have researched Mr Hocking’s life.

Two pupils, Lily Rose Keenoy and Lewis Howe, were chosen to represent the school. They were presented with gifts by the mayor.

Mayor Jamieson, addressing the gathering, said: “It is an honour for me to be here today and it is great to see the pupils have taken the time to research the sacrifice made by Jim Hocking for March.

“I appreciate the opportunity to further the strong relationship between the Sunshine Coast and Fenland.”

The gathering then made their way to St Wendreda’s Church to look at the Jim Hocking memorial.

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