allipoli veteran who died on Boxing Day 1998, just 9 days short of his 102nd birthday, and the last of NSW's surviving veterans of the carnage in 1915.
On July 14th, 101 year old Fred was awarded the French Government's highest award, the Legion of Honour, with its distinctive red ribbon, at a ceremony at La Perouse. Fred had fought on French soil at the Somme, Fromelles and at the successful recapture of Villers-Bretonneux from the Hun in April, 1917.
Fred volunteered for duty aged 18, intrigued by the romance of war, only later to be shocked by the horrors he had to face. He returned from war as a pacifist and never spoke of what he had seen and experienced. He never joined the RSL, never wore his uniform again or marched on Anzac Day, such was his abhorrence of war.
Sadly, his life was again touched by war when his son John was killed fighting the Japs in Papua New Guinea in World War 11.
Fred's funeral was on the day he would have turned 102. Rest In Peace, old soldier.
There are 5 remaining Anzacs:
aged 100 and living in New Town, Hobart, Tasmania.
Len Hall aged 100 in Western Australia.
Frank Isaacs aged 102 in Western Australia.
Walter Parker aged 104 in Melbourne.
Roy Longmore aged 105 in Bannockburn, Victoria.
There are another 60 remaining veterans from all theatres of World War 1, scattered around Australia.
To all of the above and those who fell in wars or have since passed on, we give you our heartfelt thanks for giving us the great country we have today, Australia! Stand up all of you - you are all Dinkum Aussies!
April '99 and Frank Isaacs and Len Hall must have passed on as a newspaper report says there are only 3 left.