TREVOR VINCENT, MYAREE, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY 1955-1961
AFTER leaving school at 14 and spending the next four years “running around doing nothing”, Trevor Vincent joined the Royal Australian Navy in April 1955 as a chef – a decision he still ranks among the best in his life.
He served in the Far East Strategic Reserve based in Malaysia, spending time on HMAS Cerebrus, HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Barcoo and visiting Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and the Philippines.
Mr Vincent's term of engagement ended in 1961, whereupon he served four years in the Royal Australian Navy Emergency Reserve.
Post military service Mr Vincent spent a couple of year working at biscuit maker Mills and Wares in Fremantle before moving first to container depot Seatainer Terminals and then Swan Cement, where he spent nearly 25 years as dispatch co-ordinator before retiring in 1997.