Naughton no average Joe
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.