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Just Getting On With It

Story: Robyn Baker
Published On : Mar 19, 2021
Just Getting On With It
How can any of us forget last year’s Anzac Day when, for the first time in history, Australians came together with their neighbours to commemorate in our driveways.  So many of us, whilst still social distancing, showed our appreciation.  It was a sombre time acknowledging how grateful we were for our freedom.

With Anzac Day upon us we again set aside time to remember those brave souls who fought and served for our country. The sacrifices, actions, and experiences of these men and women has indeed made them extraordinary.

Terry Walker, a well-recognised Redcliffe local born in Secunderabad, India, on 25 November, 1923, is one of these brave souls who, at the tender age of 15, was too young to join the regular military forces. He enlisted at Aldershot, England on 30 May, 1938, in the Calvary of the Line, as a Bugler.

Terry had a few health imperfections which made him ineligible for active service. He eventually became a Trooper with the Royal Hussars (RH) as a British Artillery Soldier. Serving primarily in

Wales as a gunnery trainer on tank ranges, he has some colourful stories, particularly involving Americans and their inability to stop firing during target practice. Terry was the colloquial 'Ten Pound Pom', arriving in Fremantle, Western Australia, in 1957, before moving to Redcliffe. He was instrumental in the construction of the Botanical Gardens in Redcliffe, and also filled his time in lapidary practices.

Brisbane charity This Story Australia is on a mission to preserve the many untold stories like Terry's, by documenting them through profiles, biographies, and digital video vignettes, preserving them for generations to come.

Terry's profile story can be viewed on This Story Australia’s website, along with many other stories.

In the video interview, Terry talks about how lucky he was to still be able to attend a dance even after just being missed by a bomb whilst going about his normal day-to-day business during war times. As Terry said, “we just took it in our stride”. 

Thank you for your service Terry. Lest We Forget.

This Story Australia relies on donations, grants and philanthropy to continue to preserve veteran stories.

You can find out more via searching This Story Australia on all social media platforms or by visiting www.thisstory.com.au.

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