14 November 2010

Plaque recognises 1943 Goodna schoolboy bomb tragedy

A plaque was unveiled at St Francis Xavier School at Goodna today to honour schoolboy John Watson who died in the grounds of the school on 23 February 1943.

He had brought a US military ordnance to the school which he had found nearby and which exploded killing him and injuring seven of his school friends from the Scholarship Class.

The blessing of the memorial garden was performed by Bishop Brian Finnigan and attended by several of the survivors and their families.

At the time, the Catholic school in Church Street was known as St Patrick's.

Despite years of legal claims, the United States government has consistently refused to pay compensation to any of the victims.

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