Our Veterans’ Stories
Corporal Robert Halls’s Story
My name is Robert Halls. I was born in Maylands WA on the 9th of June 1918. I went to school at Whittakers Mill a timber town about 50 miles south of Perth. At the age of fourteen I left school to work on my Uncles dairy farm at Mundijong.
One day at my local gym, my Exercise Physiologist, a lovely young lady called Danny, asked me casually how I was going to celebrate my 90th birthday. Without thinking too much, and being a little bit cheeky and definitely with tongue-in-cheek, I replied, “I’m going to jump out of an aeroplane”.
Here’s a funny one from Jan Greer. Her dad used to do all the officers washing, in exchange for “sippers” (a tot of rum). One day he did so many laundry “ chores”, that he was unwell for two days.
John Milton Mews’s Story
FACING a firing squad after months of torture and deprivation, WWII POW John Milton Mews escaped death only because Hitler’s orders to shoot him were not followed.
John Gilmour’s Story
Mr. John Gilmour OAM was a prisoner of war of the Japanese for 3 and a half years, was an athletics champion, is still coaching athletics and has two books out Mr. Gilmour is 95 years of age.
I am one of 12 Veteran Home Care Assessors/Coordinators here at Community Vision. We talk to veterans and war widows/widowers every day on the telephone. This week many of them were very excited as they got their uniforms ready for ANZAC Day.
Private Adolf Knable’s Story
Below is a story of Private Adolf Knable, who also happens to be one of Mrs.Morrow’s great uncles. Mrs Morrow, who cares for one of our Veteran community here (WS2738) and she is going to France next week, to pick up the remains of one of her Great Uncles. Private Adolf Knable had finished his Teacher’s Training at 22 years of age then went off to war.