MC­CLEMENTS RE­MEM­BERS LATE COM­RADES TO­DAY

IN 2002, Ge­of­frey Mc­clements fea­tured in the Western Sub­urbs Weekly with 10th Light Horse Reg­i­ment Lance Cor­po­ral Pa­trick Wil­liams ahead of Anzac that year.

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

TO­DAY’S Anzac Day ser­vice at the Clare­mont War Me­mo­rial is an­other re­minder of the pass­ing of com­rades for Clare­mont RSL sub-branch pres­i­dent Ge­of­frey Mc­clements (94).

“I’ll get up early, shower, shave, get the pa­per to read, and cof­fee at the Cof­fee Club, and wait for some­one I know,” Mr Mc­clements told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly last week. “But I don’t see any­one I re­ally know any­more. They’ve all gone.”

The branch had 189 mem­bers when Mr Mc­clements be­came its pres­i­dent in 1983. It now has just three.

Mr Mc­clements served in the Royal Aus­tralian Navy be­tween 1941 and 1946, was the Anzac of the Year in 2016 and be­came a Free­man of the Town of Clare­mont last week.

His fa­ther was one of the orig­i­nal An­zacs who joined the 10th Light

Horse in 1914.

Mr Mc­clements said gain­ing new branch mem­bers had been dif­fi­cult when the RSL had said they could only be those who had served overseas.

“And the Vietnam and Korean wars’ vet­er­ans seem to have their own as­so­ci­a­tions,” he said.

With fall­ing mem­ber­ships, Mr Mc­clements has tried to merge the RSL sub-branches of Clare­mont, Cottesloe, Ned­lands and Su­bi­aco.

His ef­forts have in­cluded three meet­ings with the RSL’S State lead­er­ship and five merger sub­mis­sions.

The pro­pos­als did not suc­ceed and Mr Mc­clements said the branches’ demise was un­for­tu­nate be­cause they were some of those ini­tially es­tab­lished af­ter World War I, when the western sub­urbs were some of the few es­tab­lished ar­eas of Perth.

Pic­ture: Gio­vanni Torre

Ge­off Mc­clements, grand­daugh­ter Sinead Mc­clements, daugh­ter Jil­lian Webb and great-grand­daugh­ter Ivy He­witt with Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker.

Ge­of­frey Mc­clements fea­tured in a story in a 2002 edi­tion of Western Sub­urbs Weekly.

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