Joseph stands tall with pride

Isis Town and Country - - Anzac Day 2015 -

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.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

PROUD: War vet­eran Joseph Smith at the Childers ser­vice.

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