The sec­ond sub­ject of our monthly se­ries by City of Ned­lands com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Michelle New­ton flew the iconic Lan­caster Bomber dur­ing WWII.

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

DOUG Ar­row­smith has ded­i­cated his life to serv­ing coun­try and com­mu­nity.

The 93-year-old has an im­pres­sive suite of hon­ours, in­clud­ing a Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia in 2007, an Aus­tralian Sports Medal in 2000 and the Premier’s Aus­tralia Day Ac­tive Cit­i­zen­ship Award in 2004.

King Ge­orge VI pre­sented Mr Ar­row­smith with a Distin­guished Fly­ing Cross for his WWII ser­vice fly­ing a Lan­caster Bomber.

“It was very sat­is­fy­ing but you don’t do all these things for any kind of recog­ni­tion,” he said.

De­spite all the work he con­tin­ues to do in the com­mu­nity, Mr Ar­row­smith said he still found time to make his own jam and cre­ate in­tri­cate needle­point art­works of flow­ers, birds and even the Lan­caster bomber.

The pop­u­lar Ned­lands lo­cal con­tin­ues to drive his clas­sic 1968 Holden Brougham, which prompts many an ad­mir­ing glance as he mo­tors around town.

Mr Ar­row­smith has been a mem­ber of the RSL since 1947 af­ter he re­turned from the war, but a chance con­ver­sa­tion with a man at the Su­bi­aco Hol­ly­wood Bowl­ing Club in 1999 saw him named as sec­re­tary of the Ned­lands Sub-Branch and his wife He­len named trea­surer.

Mr Ar­row­smith in­sti­tuted the cer­e­mony for Re­mem­brance Day, in­sist­ing it was held at the Perth War Ceme­tery on Smyth Road in Ned­lands, and also or­gan­ises the an­nual RSL Lun­cheon. He en­gages the ser­vices of lo­cal school­child­ren to pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment for the crowd each year.

Doug Ar­row­smith with his beloved 1968 Holden Brougham.

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