Lo­cal do­nates mil­i­tary heir­looms to RSL

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

LO­CAL res­i­dent John Rudd has do­nated a num­ber of or­na­men­tal shell cas­ings to the Air­lie Beach Whit­sun­day RSL sub-branch.

The shell cas­ings were fam­ily heir­looms passed down through Mr Rudd’s fam­ily and the RSL grate­fully ac­cepted the do­na­tion.

“Th­ese shell cas­ings were turned into or­na­ments by my grand­fa­ther, Al­bert Richard Bell who was aboard the H.M.S Iron Duke Class bat­tle­ship dur­ing the First World War,” he said.

“I can re­mem­ber clean- ing them when I was a young boy with my grand­mother in Eng­land.”

Mr Rudd and his wife moved to the Whit­sun­days from Eng­land in 2004 and he said it was an easy de­ci­sion to do­nate them to the RSL.

“I was sit­ting there the other day think­ing that I’m not go­ing to use th­ese any­more and I thought the RSL would be in­ter­ested,” he said.

“They said they would be happy to take them off my hands and I’m sure their mem­bers will en­joy them.”

MIL­I­TARY TREA­SURES: Lo­cal res­i­dent John Rudd with vice pres­i­dent of the Air­lie Beach Whit­sun­day RSL sub-branch Bill Rose and the do­nated shell cas­ings made by Mr Rudd's late grand­fa­ther Al­bert Richard Bell dur­ing the World War I.

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