Joseph stands tall with pride
JOSEPH Smith is never one to ask for attention, but there is something about the way the 92-year-old carries himself that forces a reaction.
Mr Smith may be short in stature but he stood the tallest with pride during the Anzac Day march down Churchill St.
For Mr Smith, Anzac Day is a day to remember those he served alongside in the Second World War when he was part of the combined forces.
“It means everything to me,” he said.
The English-born machine gunner did not think twice about enlisting when war was declared.
“I was 18 when I was in depth charges, and that was 1940,” he said.
Mr Smith left the United Kingdom after the war was over, eventually relocating to Australia after several years in New Zealand.
Currently living in Mt Perry, Mr Smith said he attended the Childers service for one simple reason: he likes it.
“I did feel a bit awkward with everyone looking at me,” he said. “I was very pleased to see them all.”
PROUD: War veteran Joseph Smith at the Childers service.