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OFFICE CLOSURE – WEDNESDAY 10TH JANUARY 2018

Kedron-Wavell Sub Branch RSL office is open from today, but will be closed on Wednesday 10th January 2018, due to electrical work being performed on the first floor of Kedron-Wavell Services Club

Opening hours for this week, 8/1 – 12/1/18 are:

Monday 9:30 – 3:00

Tuesday 9:30 – 3:00

Wednesday – CLOSED

Thursday 9:30 – 3:00

Friday 9:30 – 12:30

Christmas Office Closure: 

Friday 15th December –

 Monday 8th January 2018

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New Recruit – Aster

                                                   

Meet our newest recruit/volunteer in training, Aster the companion puppy about to begin his training bringing many smiles to many volunteer and visitors faces.

Women’s Auxiliary Christmas Stall

The heavy rain didn’t keep supports away from our Women’s Auxiliary Christmas Stall in the foyer of Kedron Wavell Services Club yesterday, Wednesday 29th November.  A very successful day raising $450 from various craft, and scrumptious cakes, slices, turkish delight and many other delicious delights.   Thank you to everyone who donated or bought our wares.

 

Kedron-Wavell Ex-Servicewomen’s Association

 

Kedron-Wavell Ex-Servicewomen’s Association

The Ex-Servicewomen enjoy social functions and outings, fellowship with women from all branches of the Defence Services and participate in fundraising for charity.

The Kedron-Wavell Ex-Servicewomen’s Association invites servicewomen from all eras; World War II, including Land Army, post World War II to currently serving Defence members to become a member of the association and help to continue to preserve the history of Women’s Defence Service.

The Ex-Service Women’s Association hold a meeting  in the Services Club Long Tan Room on the last Tuesday of every month at 1000 hrs at the Kedron-Wavell Services Club.   Members are invited to attend.  For further information please contact the Ex-Servicewomen’s Association Hon.Secretary email: eswa@kwrsl.org.au

 

HummingbirdHouse Charity Morning Tea

ANZAC – Speech by Jedidiah Fesolai

Each year, on the 25th of April, we commemorate and honour the sacrifices of those who have laid down their lives in service to our country. Today, most importantly, we remember those Australian and New Zealand volunteer soldiers, who landed on the battle-stricken sands of Gallipoli – what is now called ANZAC cove, almost 103 years ago. We admire the countless sacrifices of past and current service men and women, for our sovereign common-wealth.
Lest we forget.

World War 1 was a war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Over 500,000 Australian and New Zealand troops were mobilised, and were shipped off to assist in the western front, in Europe. With Turkey allying with Germany, this opened up a new opportunity for the Allied forces to weaken the expansion of the German invasion, and to establish a new front through the east. This campaign was intended to force Germany’s ally, Turkey, out of the war. The campaign began with an attempt to force their way through the Gallipoli Peninsula in the Dardanelles, by naval power alone but early bombardments on the coastal ports failed. In light of this event, the Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces comprised of British, Indian, French, Australian and New Zealand forces, with members 70,000 strong, were to use a different method as opposed to naval warfare, a full frontal assault. 30,000 of these men, were courageous ANZAC’s.

Before dawn on Sunday 25 April 1915, the first three battleships carrying the first wave of Australians had reached the coast near the Gaba Tepe headland. The expected result was a swift take-over of the beach at Gallipoli, but a combination of unexpectedly hostile terrain and ferocious Turkish defence soon stopped any potential advance and the campaign degenerated into the familiar deadlock of trench warfare.

The day of the landing saw some of the most terrible fighting of the whole Gallipoli Campaign. When officers fell to Turkish bullets, small parties of Australians pushed inland, and fought and died where they stood. Some men were able to reach the third ridge, and others climbed the summit of the height called ‘Baby 700’. However, they were overwhelmed by Turkish attacks.

By the end of the first day, the Australians were relentlessly holding the ragged crests of First Ridge, digging trenches to await the inevitable counter-attacks, while the air sang with the whine and crack of bullets, machine gun fire and shells. By the day’s end, 3000 Australian soldiers were killed or injured, and their beach-head was barely one kilometre deep, instead of the expected seven.

This battle lasted eight months and would be etched forever in our minds. Perhaps the battle that best portrayed the true ANZAC spirit, is one often referred to as, “The Battle of Anzac”. At 3am, on the morning of 19 May, 1915, there were barely 17,000 Anzac troops at Anzac Cove, when they were suddenly attacked by an army of 42,000 Turkish soldiers. After hours of struggle, 10,000 Turkish soldiers had fallen, and a majority of them lay dead and dying in ‘No Man’s Land’. Compared to this, the Anzac casualties were only 628 men. As the days went past, the cries of the wounded Turkish soldiers moved the hearts of the Australian soldiers to pity. These Anzacs were moved by the bravery and courage of the Turkish soldiers. On that day, they arranged a truce, and the Anzacs helped the Turkish bury the dead. This act of kindness would change the attitudes of both sides, acknowledging that above being soldiers, they were still people.

Despite the eight months of tireless fighting, and conflict, the Anzacs held on to their humanity in a world that seemed to resent it. Their bravery and courage, was only matched by the kindness and compassion they were capable of. Let us remember them not only as soldiers, but as the very foundations of this sovereign and free nation we live in today.

Lest We Forget!

Jedidiah Fesolai

Korean Veterans Newsletter “The Voice” August 2016

Read the latest copy of The Voice from the Korean Veterans Association click here.

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50th Anniversary Battle of Long Tan – 18th Aug 2016

Kedron-Wavell remembers the sacrifice and service of all Vietnam Veterans in this week commemorating the 50th Anniversary when the soldiers of D Company 6 RAR fought the Battle of Long Tan in a rubber plantation near the base of 1ATF at Nui Dat in Vietnam.