Bunbury war veterans honoured on Remembrance Day

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In recognition of their service, five of Bunbury’s World War II veterans received a special keepsake acknowledging the 75th anniversary of the end of the war.

Richard Norman Eaton, Joyce Edgar, Edith Jean James, Lloyd Radcliffe and Peter Hayward Rose were each presented with a Commemorative Medallion and Certificate of Commemoration at the Bunbury RSL hall on Remembrance Day. Bunbury RSL president John Gelmi organised the memento through the Department of Veteran Affairs.

“This is a small but meaningful way we can thank living veterans,” Mr Gelmi said.

“There’s not too many of these people left, there’s very few of them really, so it is important we honour them while we can.”

The medallion was presented in a display case and included a card that explained the design and contained a brief expression of thanks.

Mr Eaton, who is the Bunbury branch’s oldest member, was delighted to receive such a special souvenir.

“I have been a member of the RSL from the 15th of the 11th, 1945,” Mr Eaton said. “You couldn’t say I was a good soldier, but I did what I was expected to do and I got no bravery awards or anything like that but I served as a solider and enjoyed my time.”

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