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War­wick RSL Sub-branch old­est in state

Warwick Daily News - - OUT & ABOUT NEWS -

MAJOR Gen­eral Iain Spence trav­elled to War­wick to be a part of his­tory on Sun­day, at­tend­ing his first 100-year an­niver­sary of an RSL Sub-branch.

“One hun­dred years is a great achieve­ment by the War­wick RSL Sub-branch, it should be cel­e­brated,” he said.

“I go to a lot of ser­vices on An­zac Day but this is the first 100 years cel­e­bra­tion I have been to.

“The work of the RSL Sub-branch to sup­port their ser­vice­men and women and their de­scen­dants is just ex­cep­tional. I have read part of the his­tory of the War­wick RSL Sub-branch and look for­ward to read­ing it in full.”

War­wick RSL Sub-branch pres­i­dent John Skin­ner said the group had a din­ner each year on the first Sun­day af­ter Re­mem­brance Day.

“The RSL held the first con­ven­tion in Aus­tralia in Bris­bane in 1916, our branch was formed in 1917 and we are the old­est con­tin­u­ous sub-branch in Queens­land,” Mr Skin­ner said.

“We are stand­ing on the shoul­ders of giants who started this or­gan­i­sa­tion and kept it go­ing for 100 years.

“There was no De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs in the early days when dig­gers came home wounded and in all sorts of dis­tress from the First World War. There was no sup­port but the churches, par­tic­u­larly the Sal­va­tion Army, played a part in help­ing the dig­gers and the Red Cross took up the cudgels.”

Mr Skin­ner said he be­lieved the major gen­eral was the high­est-ranked of­fi­cer from the Aus­tralian De­fence Force to visit the sub-branch in liv­ing mem­ory.

A crowd of 170 was at the an­niver­sary din­ner at Kings at the War­wick RSL Me­mo­rial Club.

At the start of the din­ner, Mr Skin­ner paid trib­ute to four Sec­ond World War vet­er­ans in the au­di­ence; Rex Bag­u­ley, David Watt, Phil Agnew and Peter Dixon.

The book, March­ing On 100 Year His­tory of War­wick RSL Sub-branch 1917-2017, writ­ten by John Telfer, was launched at the cen­te­nary on Sun­day.

Copies are avail­able at War­wick RSL Sub-branch of­fice at War­wick RSL Me­mo­rial Club at 10am-noon each Wed­nes­day.

War­wick RSL Sub-branch pres­i­dent John Skin­ner, Mar­ion Skin­ner, Colin Do­bie, Mayor Tracy Do­bie and Major Gen­eral Iain Spence at the War­wick RSL Sub-branch an­niver­sary.


John Telfer (War­wick RSL), Col Turner (Al­lora RSL) and Ken Ash­ton (VSASA).

District RSL pres­i­dent Max Foot, state RSL pres­i­dent Ste­wart Cameron and War­wick mem­ber Les Nielsen.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 17ACU march at the start of an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

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