DIG­GER RE­MEM­BERS

He’s at­tended many An­zac Day ser­vices since the Sec­ond World War but...

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By EMMA REID

IT MAY have been his first An­zac Day ser­vice in Woodgate but for 94-year-old Alan McKen­zie feel­ing the shivers down his spine as The Last Post was played wasn’t any­thing new.

Mr McKen­zie served in the Sec­ond World War, de­fend­ing the coun­try he loves.

The dig­ger said he de­fended Aus­tralia in the north dur­ing 1942-45 and had at­tended many ser­vices to com­mem­o­rate the fallen and those who re­turned safely to loved ones. He wasn’t alone. Four gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily stood be­hind him, the youngest be­ing nine-year-old Amity-Rae Med­calf.

Lit­tle Amity said she was proud of her great-grand­fa­ther and hoped to have many more An­zac Days with the man who fought for the free­dom of the coun­try.

Mr McKen­zie was part of the coast watch which pa­trolled the north­ern bor­der of Aus­tralia from Cape York to Broome dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

“My reg­i­ment was the North Aus­tralia Ob­server Unit,” he said.

“We pa­trolled and de­fended the north from threats and in­va­sion.”

Mr McKen­zie said he was one of seven chil­dren and two of his broth­ers also en­listed.

The ex-ser­vice­man moved to Woodgate af­ter liv­ing in Rochdale, Bris­bane, to be closer to fam­ily.

The emo­tion was vis­i­ble in his eyes as he was sur­rounded by fam­ily as The Last Post was played.

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AN­ZAC DAY: Amity-Rae Med­calf helped com­mem­o­rate An­zac Day with her great-great-grand­fa­ther Alan McKen­zie at Woodgate.

EYES RIGHT: Lt Col Ian McKay (Ret) gives the salute at the 2016 Woodgate An­zac Day ser­vice.

FOUR GEN­ER­A­TIONS: Stephanie Ridel, De­bra Mur­phy, Amity-Rae Med­calf, Hay­den Med­calf, Ja­son Med­calf, and Trinity Med­calf with 94-year-old Alan McKen­zie at the 2016 An­zac Day ser­vice in Woodgate.

WOODGATE SER­VICE: The com­mu­nity gath­ered at Woodgate with sol­diers from 9th Bat­tal­ion Royal Queens­land Reg­i­ment.

BEACH­SIDE SER­VICE: Stu­dents from Good­wood State School at the 2016 An­zac Day ser­vice at Woodgate.

AN­ZAC DAY: The New Zealand flag flies from the Childers RSL in the early-morn­ing light.

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