Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

FOR many of us, An­zac Day was a time to pause and re­mem­ber those who laid down their lives in ser­vice of their coun­try. It was also a time to re­flect on the great Aussie tra­di­tion of mate­ship. Re­cently I re­searched my great un­cle Alan Bev­er­ley Mayne, or Bev to fam­ily and friends, who was a gun­ner with the 2/5th ar­tillery reg­i­ment in WWII. Mate­ship kept him go­ing as his unit of gun­ners fought Rom­mel’s troops in Egypt, showed hero­ism un­der fire in Syria and later the hor­rors of fight­ing the Ja­panese in New Guinea. Many peo­ple were aware Bev was close mates with Sir Ro­den Cut­ler VC, but there were those he never spoke of, the mates he left be­hind. The mem­ory of los­ing his mates was just too painful. When I joined the Army aged 18, Bev told a fam­ily gath­er­ing he was proud to call me his nephew, Digger and mate. When­ever I see a 25-pounder gun out­side an RSL, I of­ten think of my un­cle and the mates he left be­hind. Lest We For­get

Tim Mayne - CNG re­porter

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