Family holds war memory dear
MEDALS from Queensland’s last surviving World War I veteran are cherished by the Smout family.
William and Samuel know how significant today is as they hold the medals of their greatgreat-grandfather, Ted Smout, while sitting with their greatgrandfather, 92-year-old Westy Smout (pictured) – a WWII bomb navigator in Britain.
Their mum, Kate Persijn, said it’s “hugely” important for her young sons to understand then th what they go through now,” n she said. “With Remembrance Day, D I feel it’s really important, a especially for the kids of today, to to understand why it is that we stop and remember b them for just a minute. It’s It really emotional.” Mrs Persijn said she felt proud p to be born with the the h sacrifices ifi es their loved ones Smout Smo surname, as both her made to keep Australia the grandfathers served in the war, safe and free nation it is today. and her “pop Ted” had been “It’s so important that they awarded a Legion of Honour remember what veterans had medal, now displayed at the to go through, for a start, and War Memorial in Canberra.