Local donates military heirlooms to RSL
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.