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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Palm Beach Pavilion will be renamed the Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Marks DSO, MC Pavilion in a special ceremony on 25 January, hosted by the Palm Beach Surf Club.

The renaming is in honour of one of the youngest commanders in the Australian forces during World War 1, who drowned tragically at Palm Beach 100 years ago.

The public ceremony will run from 9.30am to 10.15am and will feature Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan and local Federal member, Jason Falinski in plaque unveiling and wreath laying ceremonies.

The untimely death of Douglas Marks was one of the main factors that led to the formation of the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club in November 1921.

Lieutenant Colonel Marks served at Gallipoli in World War 1. In December 1917, at the age of 22, Marks was promoted to second-lieutenant and commander of his battalion and was decorated with a Military Cross (MC) and a Distinguished Service Order (DSO).

He returned to Australia and civilian life in late 1918 and commenced a promising corporate career with CSR, before his death in 1920.

Marks was just 24, when he drowned in heavy surf on 25 January 1920 trying to rescue a swimmer caught in a rip.

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