Erin and Mason Beel have proudly marched on behalf of lost family members since the time they could walk. Mason holds a photo of his late great grandfather William Allsopp. Erin holds a photo of her late uncle Paul Humphreys.
Erin and Mason Beel have proudly marched on behalf of lost family members since the time they could walk. Mason holds a photo of his late great grandfather William Allsopp. Erin holds a photo of her late uncle Paul Humphreys. Brenda Strong

Kids proud to march and remember lost family members

THE Beel family would prefer that their loved ones were alive to march with their own medals.

Because they can't, Erin 8 and Mason 10 are honoured to take their place.

For as long as they have lived, the children have marched on Anzac Day.

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Mason wears the medals given to his great grandfather William Allsopp, from his service in the First World World War. 

"I feel proud and special to be able to wear his medals," he said.

Erin wears the medals of her great uncle, who served in the Navy during the Second World War.

"We are the only ones at our school that wear medals," she said.

The two youngsters also tragically lost an uncle, Paul Humphreys, while he was training in the army in Darwin.

Their mother Julie Beel says not a day goes by when she doesn't miss her brother.

"It was 20 years ago now. He was a passenger in a four wheel drive," she said.

"When the driver said the terrain was too rugged, another man took the wheel. He didn't have a licence and the vehicle rolled, it crushed him."

Mr Humphreys was 24.

"The kids realise how important it is to me that we walk and remember those that have lost their lives," she said.

"It's a lot easier to talk about it 20 years on, but I still feel that I need his help sometimes."



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