Naughton no av­er­age Joe

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Suburbs Weekly -

MORE than 8000 men lost their lives at Gal­lipoli dur­ing World War II, so in many ways Joe Naughton was for­tu­nate only to lose his right arm, ac­cord­ing to his grand­daugh­ter.

Shen­ton Park res­i­dent Wendy Low said she had very fond mem­o­ries of her charm­ing grand­fa­ther, who lived and worked in Subiaco un­til his death in 1961.

“He was only 19 years old when he boarded the first fleet that left Al­bany on De­cem­ber 31,” Ms Low said.

“Our fam­ily was ac­tu­ally at the Al­bany Mu­seum that day last year, with­out any idea that it was 100 years to the day.

“He was shot in the chest on the day he ar­rived in Gal­lipoli.

“When he was taken to a field hos­pi­tal, he kept say­ing: ‘I’m fine, but that man over there needs at­ten­tion’. Be­cause he left it so long mak­ing the or­der­lies at­tend to ev­ery­one else, his arm be­came gan­grene and they had to am­pu­tate.”

No longer able to con­tinue his pro­fes­sion as a butcher when he re­turned from the war, Mr Naughton worked as a me­ter reader at the City of Subiaco un­til his re­tire­ment.

“The Gov­ern­ment wanted him to dob on the women who might have had board­ers at their house or got a new fella since their hus­band had died,” Ms Low said.

“They wanted him to tell them if there were more peo­ple living at the house so they would stop their pen­sion from the war, but he re­fused to do it.”

Mr Naughton was the Subiaco Foot­ball Club sec­re­tary, a Subiaco Ten­nis Club mem­ber and read books to chil­dren at the Subiaco Li­brary ev­ery Fri­day morn­ing.

Joe Naughton’s por­trait and on the beach (right). A boot­maker friend made a shoul­der pouch to put books in for his read­ing ses­sions with chil­dren.

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