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